About RFK

Professional cyclist Steven Cozza founded Race for Kids a 501(C)(3) organization in 2009 to make a difference in the lives of children who are living with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. The organization aims to provide awareness and support of causes benefiting these children through its philanthropic activities, fundraising efforts, website and social media. Steven’s motto while racing and to children was to “Never Give up!” no matter what obstacle they faced.

What is the history behind Race for Kids? The inspiration for Race for Kids came from Steven and his father, Scott. When Steven became an elite professional cyclist, racing internationally, he decided he wanted to help disadvantaged children throughout the world. With this intention, he and Scott came up with the program called the Race for Kids Fan Club.

In 2009, Steven began raising money by rallying his fans to make donations that would help children in need by asking them to donate to a list of selected charities identified on his website. The money raised by fans went directly to charities around the world that helped disadvantaged children.

Many fans donated funds directly to Race for Kids – that money collected went to pre-selected children suffering from life threatening illnesses. In 2010, Race for Kids raised $800 for the organization Families of SMA Spinal Muscular Atrophy in the name of young Aaron Phelps. In 2011, Race for Kids received 501 C 3 nonprofit status, shortly before Steven was forced to retire from cycling when he was diagnosed with colitis. In 2012, Race for Kids raised $1,058.58 for 2 year old Brody Tatman, who was diagnosed that January with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Race for Kids raised $15,000 in 2013, $24,000 in 2014, $43,000 in 2015 and $42,000 in 2016 from our Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo event and Race for Kids Supporters Night Out.

Driven by his undying passion to help others, Steven retired from cycling and dreamed up an event he and his nurturing Petaluma community would eventually call the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo (PKGF). This event would give Race for Kids new life and inspiration as an organization to again help make a difference in the lives of children that were disadvantaged suffering from chronic or life threatening illnesses – and the inaugural event would come to life in 2013 in the town where he was born and raised.

This yearly fundraising event brings kids together to help raise money for designated children in need, and to also provide funding for participating local schools. Headed into its 5th year, the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo is anticipated to continue growing in participation and donation, exponentially.

Race for Kids has a Board of Directors and PKGF Planning Committee and Volunteers who organize the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo and other fund raising events. The Board Planning Committee and Volunteers all share Steven’s vision of helping children in need, helping the community they live in and helping to make the world a better place.

The Race for Kids Board:

Steven CozzaExecutive Director, Race for Kids non-profit, Event Director PKGF -Realtor Pacific Union

Jeanette Ramacciotti-Cozza, Elementary School Teacher, Race for Kids Treasurer

Marilyn Dolce-Davis, Race for Kids Secretary - M.A. Special Education Education: Retired Early Childhood Special Needs Teacher

Miguel Loeza, PKGF Kids Expo Director – Assistant Director for Seneca Family of Agencies

Deanna Ford, PKGF School Liaison and Registration Coordinator – District PTA Coordinator

Scott Cozza, Psychiatric Social Worker, Social Justice Advocate, Volunteer Coordinator

Ken Lindley, PKGF – Sponsor Coordinator – Jim Bone Nissan Finance,

Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo Planning Committee:

The entire Board of Directors

Honorable Mentions:

Christopher Smith of East Main Design for designing the identity and collateral material for the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo

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Michael Rubin from Electric Crayon www.electric-crayon.com for doing all our print material