New England Celebrities Join Santander For “In It To Spin It” Outdoor Cycling Challenge To Benefit Best Buddies During National Bike Week

New England Pro Football Running Back and Championship Team Member James White, Revs players Charlie Davies & José Goncalves, Best Buddies Founder and Chairman Anthony Shriver, and Best Buddies Ambassadors Bring Competitive Spirit to Stationary Bike Competition Celebrating Santander’s Best Buddies Challenge Presenting Sponsorship

James White, NE Pro Football Running Back & Championship Team Member and Challenge team captain
Jose Goncalves, New England Revolution defender and Challenge team captain
Anthony Shriver, Best Buddies International Founder and Chairman and Challenge team captain
Richard Fries, Executive Director of MassBikes and UCI World Championship announcer
Best Buddies Ambassadors
Members of the Best Buddies Challenge “Team Tom Brady”
10 sweepstakes winners
Santander executives
Spectators & fans            

Santander Banks “In It to Spin It” Cycling Challenge, a head-to-head outdoor cycling competition in celebration of the Bank’s sponsorship of the upcoming 17th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port presented by Santander Bank and Pepsi-Cola. Taking place during National Bike Week, the event supports Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

New England celebrities will captain four teams of eight riders facing off in two 10k heats on state-of-the-art Cannondale bikes mounted to stationary CompuTrainers. Best Buddies Ambassadors will also participate on each team as honorary co-captains.

In addition to the opportunity to cheer on the riders, the outdoor competition will feature a host of spectator activities, including health and wellness tutorials, treats from local food trucks, giveaways and a raffle for prizes including the chance to win the opportunity to play football with Tom Brady at the Best Buddies “Tom Brady Football Challenge and the Guy Cooking With Best Buddies Celebrity Chef Food & Wine Festival” at Harvard Stadium on June 3rd.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m. –  Speaking program and photo opportunities
5:15 p.m. – first heat | 6:00 p.m. – second heat

Boston’s City Hall Plaza at Government Center
 Boston, MA 02109

Great visuals of professional athletes, Best Buddies Ambassadors, Santander Bank executives, and contest winners sweating it out on state-of-the-art stationary bikes in support of Best Buddies against the backdrop of downtown Boston.

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Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s top retail and commercial banks by deposits and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. – one of the most respected banking groups in the world.  With its corporate offices in Boston, Santander Bank’s more than 670 branches and nearly 2,100 ATMs are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank’s 9,400 employees are committed to helping our more than 2.1 million customers make progress toward their financial goals with the support of our call centers, interactive online banking platform and easy-to-use mobile app. Madrid-based Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), serves more than 117 million customers in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and the U.S.  Through its local affiliates, including Santander Bank, Banco Santander is the largest corporate contributor to higher education in the world, investing over $165 million annually in colleges and universities across more than 20 countries, including the U.S.  For more information on Santander Bank, please visit