Riding With Purpose Back to Top

TeamACE is a national charity bike team.
It's for anyone who rides a bike, loves kids, and wants to give back.
Any rider in the country may join and we hope you do!

The plan is simple: For every time you ride — anywhere, anyhow — you pledge 1 nickel per mile. Then, our corporate sponsor matches your nickel. Thus, every mile your ride puts 10 cents in the care of a child. How cool is that?

There is no expense beyond those few nickels, no conflict with existing teams or events, and no expectation beyond what you already ride. Just be the rider you want to be! TeamACE is a way to "give back" on your bike.

All nickels pledged go to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). CMNH raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across America. As a TeamACE member your donations stay in the community to help your local kids. Since 1983, CMNH has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time (Yes, your nickels matter!). These donations support research, training, new equipment, and pay for critical treatments most families cannot afford — all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

CMNH is our chosen charity because we love kids and because of our affiliation with Ace Hardware — a founding sponsor of CMNH. We own an Ace store in Seattle and built TeamACE to combine the charitable spirits of Ace Hardware, its dealers and vendors, with cyclists all across America.

Sounds great — What do I do now? Back to Top
  1. Click the Please Join button and guided through the simple process. There is no cost to join.
  2. Your email is your user name on TeamACE, that way you will always know it!
  3. Go for a ride!
  4. Return to teamace.org (now in your Favorites, of course) login, click "Remember Me," and click Report My Miles.
  5. Enter your mileage for your ride — for all your rides from now on — and watch your statistics accumulate in My Page!
  6. Got an iPhone? You can log your miles on our mobile site designed for you. Just use Safari and enter www.teamace.org and login.
  7. Post some fun pics and ride details on our Facebook page!

Here's More Detail:

  1. Please report each ride separately so your stats remain accurate.
  2. TeamACE is honor-based: Reporting miles honestly is up to you.
  3. Whenever you reach a 500-mile increment in your riding total you will be prompted to make a $25 remittance.
  4. You may remit using PayPal or send us a check.
  5. We will match your remit with $25 from our generous corporate sponsors, thus, $50 will be given to your chosen CMNH.
  6. Keep your computer cookies set to "on" and you may log right in to Report My Miles for the quickest possible entry.
Top TEN Things to Know About TeamACE Back to Top
  1. All your money + sponsor match goes to your chosen CMN Hospital.
  2. We are not a racing team. We are a charity team, full of riders who are full of heart . . . and a pocketful of nickels.
  3. There is no performance quota — just be the rider you want to be. There is no commitment. You may stop anytime without obligation.
  4. Other than a nickel per mile, there is no expense to be on the team.
  5. You enter mileage on the "Report My Miles" Page.
  6. Mileage includes every time you are out on your bike: Groups, commutes, training, races, events, family fun, etc. Spin Classes count as 20 miles, since we can't always ride outside!
  7. Remits are tax deductible. We Email a receipt to you for tax records. TeamACE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Fed Tax ID #45-3370558.
  8. Development and operating expenses of TeamACE are paid for by Maple Leaf ACE Hardware in Seattle.
  9. Your donations are doubled because they are matched!
  10. You are a member of a National Bike Team. How cool are you!
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

As of 2011, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) has raised more than $4.3 billion — most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time. It holds many annual fundraising events and programs, including those by the Ace Hardware Foundation, a founding sponsor of CMNH.

CMNH began helping hospitals in 1983 as a television fundraiser in a small studio and has grown into one of North America's leading children's charities. Today, there are about 170 CMNH hospitals helping 17 million children each year!

Its goal? Helping as many children as possible by raising funds for their sponsor hospitals.

Did you know CMNH treats...

of all children needing heart or lung transplants...
of all children with cancer...
of all children with Cystic Fibrosis...
of all children with Sickle Cell Anemia...
kids for accident trauma each year

One of the unique attributes of CMNH fundraising is keeping those funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children. We support that same spirit with TeamACE, ensuring that all your miles benefit the CMNH hospital of your choice.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals most recognizable symbol is its red and yellow Miracle Balloon icon. You will see it throughout the pages of TeamACE.org.

Our CMNH contact at Ace Hardware Corporation: Patrice Clark, VP Corporate Partnerships,

Click on the CMNH logo for more information on this exceptional organization.
How did TeamACE start? Back to Top

In 2009 I rode my Jamis bicycle from Chicago to Atlanta in an event called Tour de Kids produced by Ace Hardware. There were about 45 of us riding 850 miles in 10 days. It was a fundraising blast that netted over $380,000 for CMNH. It was a true adventure riding through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and into Atlanta Georgia.

At one point along the corn-lined country roads of Kentucky (this was before we saw the two-headed dog in Tennessee — really!), I was thinking back on all the training miles I rode to prepare for this journey. I considered all the mileage the other 44 riders had logged as well, and then all the training miles for all the rides around the country. And I thought, "What if we all gave a nickel for every mile we rode all year long — how much would that be? How would that be organized? Who would care?" It seemed to me that cyclists would like to get credit for all the mileage we ride, and by adding a corporate match to each nickel it would provide a simple and powerful way to help children just from the riding we were already doing!

Make sense? Well, that's how this got started and we hope you join and start making all your rides count for kids — one nickel at a time.

TeamACE Mission Back to Top
Building charity for kids by riding our bicycles with purpose.
TeamACE Values Back to Top
Accountability:
Charity:
Honesty:
Transparency:
being responsible for our results
genuine caring for others by using our bicycles
telling you how it is so you have no doubts
sharing our methods with no hidden agenda
About the TeamACE Foundation: Back to Top
  1. TeamACE Foundation (TAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, established in August 2011. (TeamACE went live on July 1, 2010)
  2. Our objective is to provide financial aid to children across the country in need of major medical care.
  3. TAF benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through its national cycling team and corporate sponsors.
  4. TAF officers include husband and wife, Mike Kelley, President/Treasure and Kathy Stephenson, VP/Secretary.
  5. TAF contributions are tax deductable.
  6. A subsidiary of our hardware store, Maple Leaf Web Services, Inc. has been formed to collect any advertising revenue that TeamACE.org may receive in order to recoup (or exceed) the thousands of dollars that Maple Leaf ACE spent to build and maintain the TeamACE Foundation.
  7. Please send all inquires to:

    TeamACE Foundation
    9000 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115

    Email:
  • 100
    Riders Registered
  • 18
    States Represented
  • 185106
    Mileage to Date
  • 16500
    Donations to Date
  • 99
  • Tim S.
  • Palm Harbor, FL
  • FL - All Children's Hospital
  • 98
  • Elizabeth B.
  • Plainfield, IL
  • IL - Children's Memorial Hospital
  • 97
  • Kelly Ann W.
  • Salem, OR
  • OR - Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • 96
  • Dennis R.
  • Roanoke, IL
  • 95
  • Aaron H.
  • Roanoke, IL
  • IL - Children's Hospital of Illinois
  • 31
  • 150
  • Scott P. @ 17,750 mi
  • MI - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
  • 07/23/17
  • 35
  • 25
  • Scott B. @ 32,114 mi
  • WA - Seattle Children's Hospital
  • 07/12/17
  • 35
  • 25
  • Scott B. @ 32,114 mi
  • WA - Seattle Children's Hospital
  • 06/23/17
  • 1
  • Mike K.
  • 09/20/17
  • 011
  • 1
  • Mike K.
  • 09/18/17
  • 010
  • 1
  • Mike K.
  • 09/17/17
  • 011
  • 36
  • Jeffrey T.
  • 09/14/17
  • 020
  • 36
  • Jeffrey T.
  • 09/11/17
  • 024
  • 36
  • Jeffrey T.
  • 09/09/17
  • 019
  • 36
  • Jeffrey T.
  • 09/09/17
  • 019
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