November 23, 2005

Young cyclist needs your support

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Young Iggy Silva III is on his way to becoming a professional cyclist.

Iggy’s achievements in track cycling are many, even though he’s barely 14.

Almost four years ago, while still in middle school, he participated in his first triathlon, where he competed against high school students. One of his biggest achievements has been becoming state champion at the age of 9.

In the summer of 2003, Iggy went to the national track cycling competition in Texas. As recognition to his work, a cycling shop designed a bicycle in his honor that year.

This year again, Iggy has a set a lot of goals for himself. Determined, more than ever, to take his career to the next level, he will only compete in the Top Junior Races and in the NRC (National Road Calendar) races which are Pro races. He also looks forward to participating in the very selective Youth Olympic Camps. The Road and Track Nationals and a 17-day of racing in Wisconsin are also part of the program. But this is all leading to one goal: the 2012 Olympics.

But in order to get there, Iggy needs our community’s support.

That’s why on December 3, 2005, Santos Coffee House, JB Produce, Picantes Taco Shop and Mama’s Backyard Barbecue will hold a fundraiser for IGGY Racing from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm at JB Produce in North Park, San Diego.

This exciting and inspiring event will feature food and drinks donated by local businesses invested in their community who recognize the positive affect that sports can have on youth in America and the importance of supporting a determined, dedicated and hard-working young individual reaching out for a better future.

“Cycling is a sport for rich people,” said father Ignacio. “I work in landscaping, I don’t have a lot of money to purchase the equipment Iggy needs for the competitions.”

Iggy has received many donations from private companies, he said.

“I want to thank those who have helped me,” said Iggy.

In order to continue his dreams in track cycling, Iggy needs the support of Hispanic businesses.

“I know that if they believe in me, I won’t disappoint them.”

Iggy’s achievements are not limited to cycling, though.

Last year, Iggy joined his San Diego High Football team as a starting Quarterback and received the “Student Athlete Award” from his football team coaches.

He also has been selected for the Who’s Who Amongst American Students - Sports Edition, which is one of the highest Academic honors awarded to an American high school student.

But one of his proudest accomplishments is to be the youngest member of Athletes for Education, a non-profit organization of professional athletes whose objective is to encourage youth to be creative and reach for their dreams.

There, with great athletes and role models such as Lonny Mitchell, Kassim Osgood and Leon White, Iggy volunteers time and serves as a mentor for other kids.

His father Ignacio said that Iggy is a role model for other students.

In addition to that, Iggy would like to give back to the community. That’s why during the fundraiser on December 3, there will be a Blood Bank Mobile will also be present between 11.00 am and 4.30 pm.

Iggy’s goal is to make the community collect at least 75 pints of blood for donation.

“We will be helping those people in need in San Diego,” he said.

His father agrees.

“Please come and join the fundraiser to help Iggy and the community in general.”

For further information, contact: Iggy Silva II Father, Mentor and Team Captain at 619 283-0461 / iggyracing@yahoo.com

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