Rollfast Gran Fondo returns to Hamilton County
The Rollfast Gran Fondo, an event created for the love of cycling, returns to Carmel on Sept. 18. It begins and ends at Carmel City Center and includes 25-mile, 65-mile and 100-mile rides that wind throughout Hamilton County’s countryside.

The event kicks off with The Platinum Party Sept. 17, where 35 guests will be treated to a session with former Tour de France racer Bob “Bobke” Roll. Tickets for the popular event, which sold out in 2015 are $250 per person. Roll also will be riding in the 2016 event Sept. 18.

It’s the second time Rollfast Gran Fondo has come to Hamilton County, and the Hamilton County Sports Authority hopes it becomes a regular event, which is why the organization along with Invest Hamilton County have signed on as sponsors.

Rollfast gained nonprofit status as a 501(c)(3) in 2015, and continues to grow and gain riders. It was founded by Matt and Chris Tanner to promote bicycling as a way to improve mental and physical health while also creating opportunities for youth. It all started from a hobby creating cycling-inspired T-shirts, which led to a club and now is one of the top-rated cycling events in the U.S. Rollfast provides scholarships to teens 15 to 18 to further their cycling dreams.

The Gran Fondo isn’t about how fast you ride, it’s about promoting cycling, so people of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate. For more information about the event and to register, go to (http://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/includes/events/Rollfast-Gran-Fondo/43913/0/).

Hooping it up

March Madness 2016 may be history, but basketball in Hamilton County is anything but over. Two premier events this month will bring national talent to Fishers and Westfield. Olympian Jill Rankin Schneider will lead clinics during the USA Basketball Youth Development regional skills camp April 1-3 at Best Choice Fieldhouse in Fishers. More than 300 collegiate basketball scouts are expected to be at Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse at Grand Park in Westfield watching boys play in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League April 22-24.

USA Basketball Youth Development regional skills camps are designed to increase participation and the quality of the sport by allowing athletes – seventh through 12th grade – of all skill levels develop their game in a competitive and fun environment.

Athletes will learn from Schneider, who led USA Basketball teams to gold medals at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. She was head coach of the 1982 USA Select Team that played in Bolivia. As a USA Basketball athlete, Schneider was a 1979 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a 1980 U.S. Olympian. She also won gold at the 1980 FIBA Olympic Qualifier, silver at the 1979 Pan American Games and gold at the 1979 R. William Jones Cup.

The Nike league will feature 40 of Nike’s top Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) teams and showcase some of the nation’s best high school basketball players. It’s the first time Nike EYBL has taken place in Indiana.

“Since the thought of this fieldhouse began, I wanted to bring a Nike EYBL to Westfield, Indiana,” said Rod Sinn, president of operations at the fieldhouse. “I am more than proud to say the Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse is the only facility (in Indiana) to host this prestigious Nike event.?”

NCAA Division I coaches from top college basketball programs across the country are expected to attend the high-profile tournament.

“These high-caliber events will help us elevate our profile nationally as we work to bring even more camps and tournaments to Hamilton County,” said William Knox, Hamilton County Sports Authority director.

Volunteer call-out

Looking for a way to get involved in activities happening in and around Hamilton County? Several organizations need volunteers and seasonal help.
Westfield Welcome needs volunteers to help with events at Grand Park by providing visitor information, driving golf carts to help visitors get to their venues and providing one-on-one hospitality. For more information on how to get involved in Westfield Welcome, contact Erin Shockley at 317.804.3028 or by email (eshockley@westfield.in.gov).

Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships need volunteers April 22-24 at The Fort Golf Resort to assist the Big 10 Network, be spotters and electronic scorekeepers. Volunteers can work one day or all three days of the championship. To sign up or get more information, contact John Swan, 317.543.9597 or by email (jswan@dnr.in.gov).

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs seasonal employees for the 100th running of the Indy 500. Positions include working in ticket sales, being a professional mascot, groundskeeper, laborer, safety patrol and EMT. For more information, click here (http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/corporate/jobs/seasonal), call 317.492.6534 or email (guestexperience@brickyard.com).