When Emma White slips on her orange jersey to race hundreds of miles, she bikes for a greater purpose than getting first place. She rides for the name on her back – Rally UHC Cycling and the mission they support.
At just 21 years old, Emma is the youngest ever U.S. Professional Criterium Champion. She started racing when she was 10, following in her older brother’s footsteps, who is also a professional cyclist. Four years ago, Emma joined the Rally UHC Cycling team because it’s one of the few teams in America that has a men’s and women’s program. She feels proud to ride for a team that is dedicated to charitable events.
One cause the team supports is the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, which provides medical grants to help pay for medical expenses that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. Since 2007, UHCCF has provided more than $48 million in medical grants that help cover a variety of services and equipment, such as physical, occupation and speech therapies, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, cranial helmets, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
This year UHCCF celebrates giving their 20,000th grant, so for Emma and the team’s next two rides – Tour of Utah (Aug. 12-18) and Colorado Classic (Aug. 22-25), they will be trading their orange jersey for a limited-edition blue jersey in support of this milestone.
“Making the switch from orange to blue at the Colorado Classic is about so much more than just the color,” Emma said. “The design is a beautiful reminder of why we are wearing it – to support children and their families.”
These butterfly camo jerseys are available for purchase, with 30 percent of the proceeds going toward funding UHCCF medical grants. Emma said the impact these grants make for families gives her and the other cyclists extra motivation to push through races, even through the toughest times.
“Our dreams go further than just results,” Emma said. “We are helping missions that are much bigger than just cycling.”