Roger Worthington’s Community Service

Chris Hipp: Laborite, Friend, Innovator and Maverick, 1961--2009

* Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation
* 7th Annual Tour Des Chutes, Bend, OR
* Cascade Cycling Classic, Bend, OR
* Dana Point Grand Prix, Dana Point, CA 
* Team OUCH Pro Cycling Team
* Team Labor Power Cycling Team – Lung Busters, Leg Breakers
* Go for the GOLD and GIVE Something Back!
 
 
University of Texas – Scholarship, Endowment, Donations
* Worthington Supports Water Conservation, Goes Green (synthetically!) (8/17/2009)
San Dimas 2009
Roger Worthington on the winner's podium.
San Dimas, CA. 2009

Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation

The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation is a non profit organization created to promote cycling as healthy recreation for the greater good of the Dana Point community.  Members of the Board are Roger Worthington, Darrin Duhamel, Steven Weinberg, and Doug Chotkevys.

Children and Bikes: DPGP helps connect the dots

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, San Juan Capistrano location, club administrators and Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation members gathered on October 26 for the presentation of a $10,000 check by the DPCCF to the Boys and Girls Club.

This is the fifth year that the DPCCF and the Boys & Girls Clubs have partnered to promote cycling as a healthy activity for children and families at the Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling.

(front row L to R) Wyatt Romero, Kaylin Lopez, Dominick Dare and Crystal Core and (back row L to R) Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation Directors Roger Worthington, Steven Weinberg, Cyndi Elders and Brad Fowler; Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Executive Director James Littlejohn and Board President Bill Cole; DPCCF Program Director Lynn Kelly and DPCCF Executive Director Russ Ames
 
DP Cycling Donation
Roger Worthington, Back Row (third from the Left), is the President of the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit. To Roger's right is Floyd Landis, 2006 winner of the Tour De France. The Law Office of Roger Worthington, PC, is sponsoring Floyd Landis' comeback to racing on his new OUCH Racing team.

 


2011 Tour Des Chutes Raises Over $90,000 for Cancer Survivorship

Bend, Or.  The Punch Worthington Lab is pleased to have helped the 7th Annual Tour Des Chutes raise over $90,000 for cancer survivorship programs in Central Oregon. 

Chris Horner, L, and Roger Worthington, R, enjoying their momentary time in the sun at the 2011 Tour Des Chutes in Bend, Oregon. 

Over 1,100 riders, a record, participated in the fun ride, which offered routes between 7 and 100 miles between Bend, Oregon and the Cascade Range. In it's 7th year, the TdC raised over $90,000, another record. Since 2006, the TdC has donated over $430,000 to cancer survivorship programs, including the Livestrong Foundation. 

"This was the best year ever, " beamed Roger Worthington, who has emceed the post-race party the last 5 years. "The live music was awesome, the food was delicious, the crowd was animated, the speakers were inspiring and it didn't rain the entire time."

The Punch Worthington Lab, in honor of Dave "Punch" Worthington, a rugged Oregonian crabber and bow hunter who passed away from asbestos cancer in 2006, is affiliated with the Pacific Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a 501(c)(3) medical foundation in Los Angeles. PHLBI dedicated the Punch Worthington Lab at UCLA Medical School in 2005. 

The Tour Des Chutes is a non-profit, all volunteer charity which holds an annual fun ride, the net proceeds of which are donated to cancer survivorship programs in Central Oregon. Click here for details. The TdC is the brainchild of Gary Bonacker, diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer five years ago, and is still smiling and looking stronger than ever. 

A highlight of the extraordinary day of fun, hope, gratitude, cycling and music was a cameo appearance by local hero Chris Horner, who recently crashed out of the Tour De France. Horner was predicted by insiders to be a podium contender, at the ripe young age of 39.  Horner will be hosting the Cascade Gran Fondo in Bend on August 18-20, a multi-day series of rides, lectures and parties, the proceeds of which will benefit local cancer research and advocacy programs.

Horner suffered a mild concussion after crashing in France.  Worthington jokingly asked him if he recalled their conversation the morning of the crash in which he promised Worthington a spot on the Radio Shack's team bus for next years Tour Des France. Horner, a seasoned and charismatic speaker, didn't miss a beat: "Actually that was the only thing I remembered from that day."

The Punch Worthington Lab has been a yellow jersey sponsor of the TdC the past 5 years and has enjoyed helping the event grow into one of the most prestigious, fun and successful cancer fundraising events in Oregon.  The ride registration filled up early this year and the TdC was forced to turn away willing participants, always a tough thing to do by a non-profit. Next year the TdC hopes to raise the ceiling on its registration and expand the venue, but just in case a reminder to sign up early!

Thrive!

Roger Worthington

Click here for more on the Tour Des Chutes


Cascade Cycling Classic, Bend, OR

The Cascade Cycling Classic held in Bend, Oregon is the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country and has attracted most of North America's top cyclists and teams over the years. The quality of the race courses, the beauty of Central Oregon and the fun atmosphere of the race has made it a perennial favorite and has the competitors returning year after year. (http://www.mbsef.org/CascadeCyclingClassic) This year's race is being held from July 21-26, 2009

Roger Worthington has been a longtime sponsor of the event in the name of the Punch Worthington Research Lab as a part of the Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Worthington has won the masters division of the CCC three times between 1995 and 2008.

DP Cycling Donation
RGW interviewing Levi Leiphemer after the Cascade Cycling Classic Criterium. Leipheimer, who won the Pro race at the CCC on July 13, 2008, went on to win a bronze medal in the time trial at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

 


Dana Point Grand Prix, Dana Point, CA 

The Dana Point Grand Prix is a community-oriented criterium cycling race that consists of a 0.8-mile L-shaped course that goes though major streets and residential areas.  The race draws pro teams and racers nationwide, including Olympians, world champs and California’s top masters teams.

Local charities benefit from money raised and community members have taken the race’s success to form the non-profit cycling group that, among other goals, promoted the sport of cycling to Dana Point’s youth – the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (link to website).  The Foundation is a nonprofit group that allows multiple charities to benefit from the Grand Prix as well as set the path for future cycling related events in town.

“The city wanted to hold an event that would promote cycling as a form of fitness and transportation.” said Capo Beach resident and event announcer Roger Worthington, who’s largely responsible for bringing the event to town. Worthington used to organize a cycling race in San Clemente (link to webpage), and after collaborating with then Planning Commissioner Steve Weinberg in 2006, the Dana Point crit was born.

Despite a race that boasts big names, Worthington and others are just as excited to watch the kids race. “There’s nothing sweeter than the sight of a ruddy-cheeked kid huffing, puffing and laughing,” he said. Joining Worthington in the announcer’s booth in 2008 was Floyd Landis, who entertained the crowd with his bike race insights and a moving rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” his hero, Johnny Cash.

According to city council member Steven Weinberg, "If you've never seen this type of event, whether you're a kid or an adult, you're missing one of the best shows on earth." The people and city of Dana Point were honored to be able to give something back to the Marines for their service to this country.

"We see the health challenges faced by our clients every day, and we want to foster a culture that rewards healthy living," adds Worthington. "When you see a hundred kids pounding away on their bicycles, having more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and when you see their happy parents firing away non-stop with videos and digital cameras, you know you've struck the right chord."

Dana Point Grand Prix for 2013:

Cyclist's Personal Tragedy Leads to Cancer Awareness at Dana Point Grand Prix (5/3/2013)
Michael Johnson comes from a racing background. His father, John Johnson, was an avid cyclist and helped mold Michael into the racer he is today. Weekly camping trips to the Mojave Desert for bike racing became a family tradition. More...

Dana Point Grand Prix for 2012:

Walking the Walk at the Amgen Dana Point Grand Prix (5/7/2012)
On Sunday, May 6, 2012, bike racers, kids, and anti-cancer advocates“occupied” downtown Dana Point, California at the 6th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. More...

Grand Prix of Cycling: 23 Days until Race Day, Sign Up Now! (4/12/2012)

Dana Point Grand Prix for 2011:

Thanks to All Who Helped Raise Funds and Awareness for Cancer Research at the 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling!!

2011 was the 5th year for the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling—an event which has grown in popularity and is now one of America’s premier one-day professional cycling races. More...

The 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix Cycling event is pleased to announce the presenting sponsorship of Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® for this year's USA Cycling NRC sanctioned event on May 1st, with proceeds to benefit the Pacific Meso Center and local charities.

Click here to learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® and it's partnership with the 5th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of  Cycling

Click here to learn about the Amgen's Masters Bike Racing team

Dana Point Grand Prix for 2010:

Dana Point Cycling Foundation donates $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club, Dana Point Times, Nov. 19, 2010. Indie Hops was the title sponsor of the 2010 Dana Point Grand Prix and is proud to have helped raise money for the Camp Pendleton 5th Marines Support Regimen and the Dana Point Boys and Girls Club. Roger Worthington is the President of the cycling foundation.

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The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling Is Pleased to Announce the Title Sponsorship of Indie Hops for This Year's USA Cycling NRC Sanctioned Even April 10-11.

DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA (FEB 19, 2010) – The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (DPCCF) is pleased to announce a new title sponsor for the the 4th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix: Indie Hops, an aroma hops merchant headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Indie Hops supplies Oregon-grown aroma hops to craft brewers nationwide. “Craft beer and action sports go hand in hand,” said Indie Hops owner Roger Worthington. “We think a well- hopped beverage, loaded with xanthohumol and quercetin, is a vital recovery drink for athletes and anyone else who wishes to live life well.” This year the DPGP will feature the “Killer Cove” time trial on Saturday, April 10th. The 2.3 mile circuit will test the racers’ speed, power, descending, climbing and bike handling. The racers will hit speeds of over 45 mph as they enter Harbor Drive, but will drop below 10 mph as they soldier up and over Cove Road, which features an 18% grade. > More

Dana Point Grand Prix for 2009:

On January 5th, 2009, the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (DPCCF) presented the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley a check in the amount of $10,000 on Monday, January 5th, 2009. More…

The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling Is Pleased to Announce the Title Sponsorship of Indie Hops for This Year's USA Cycling NRC Sanctioned Even April 10-11.

DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA (FEB 19, 2010) – The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (DPCCF) is pleased to announce a new title sponsor for the the 4th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix: Indie Hops, an aroma hops merchant headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Indie Hops supplies Oregon-grown aroma hops to craft brewers nationwide. “Craft beer and action sports go hand in hand,” said Indie Hops owner Roger Worthington. “We think a well- hopped beverage, loaded with xanthohumol and quercetin, is a vital recovery drink for athletes and anyone else who wishes to live life well.” This year the DPGP will feature the “Killer Cove” time trial on Saturday, April 10th. The 2.3 mile circuit will test the racers’ speed, power, descending, climbing and bike handling. The racers will hit speeds of over 45 mph as they enter Harbor Drive, but will drop below 10 mph as they soldier up and over Cove Road, which features an 18% grade. > More

Click here for photos of the 2008 event.  

RGW and Landis DP Grand Prix
Working the Mike! Worthington and Floyd Landis at the 2008 Dana Point Grand Prix

The Law Offices of Roger G. Worthington, P.C. Partners with the 3rd Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling as Title Sponsor for 2009  Click here for more information.


Team OUCH Pro Cycling Team

Team Ouch
Members of the 2009 OUCH Professional Cycling Team

2009 marks the debut of a new pro cycling team rooted in a five-time NRC championship heritage and fueled by the force of proven champions and leaders. Floyd Landis, Rory Sutherland and Tim Johnson highlight a powerful OUCH Pro Cycling Team. More...

Roger Worthington on a training ride with Floyd Landis, February 12, 2009.
The Law Office or Roger G. Worthington is a proud sponsor of OUCH.

Team Labor Power Cycling Team – Lung Busters, Leg Breakers

Team Labor Power
Team Labor Power Bike Racing Team

Since 1995, The Law Offices of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., in conjunction with it's Labor Union friends, has sponsored an amateur bike racing team.

The team consists of hard working, savvy and a little crazy Masters racers and competes in major pro-am races on the West Coast. The name of the team is 'Labor Power'

Team Labor is sponsored by every working man and women who has been robbed of their health by asbestos and other toxic chemicals. We want to remind the public how precious good health is, and how easily it can be taken away by reckless and indifferent companies who peddle poisonous products. We know that thousands of working Americans have paid a heavy price for making the U.S. the greatest Nation on Earth. We tell the public that the temporary pain we experience racing bicycles is nothing like the pain a mesothelioma or cancer patient faces every hour of everyday. As bike racers, we choose to suffer swollen legs and burning lungs when climbing mountains or sprinting for the win. We know that a terminal asbestos patient does not have this choice -- his pain and anguish was forced upon him and his family. We do not take our health for granted!

Captain Nimrod

Go for the Gold and Give Something Back!
University of Texas, Austin, TX - Scholorship, Endowment, Donations


08/18/2010 - Worthington Essay Prize, The University of Texas (Plan II Liberal Arts), The Daily Texan (2010) The Roger and Ann Worthington Essay Contest aims to elicit sophisticated student thinking about contemporary issus. Undergraduates in the University of Texas Plan II Honors Program submit essays to compete for $500 in prize money.

See some of the past winners: 2009, 2008, 2006


Announcing the 2009-2010 Roger & Ann Worthington Essay Prize

Grand Prize: $2500
First-Year Student Prize: $1500
(unless Grand Prize winner)
Second Prize $1000

You are a prominent Texas citizen, graduate of UT in Plan II, and successful in banking and commercial real estate. The governor of Texas appointed you to the University of Texas System Board of Regents in large part because you supported her campaign by your $500k donation an you are a big supporter of UT Austin. More...


Announcing the 2008 Roger and Ann Worthington Essay Contest and Prompt. (10/2008)

A generous gift from University of Texas Plan II alumnus Roger Worthington and his wife Ann made the Worthington Essay Prize possible beginning in 2002. Now a yearly competition, the Worthington Essay competition poses a difficult moral problem each year which entrants must answer in a short essay. More…

Student Speaker Alexandra Chirinos; Convocation Speaker Roger Worthington, Plan II '83; Plan II Director, Professor Paul Woodruff

 


Gilbert Excellence Endowment, University of Texas, An Update (4/12/13)

Dear Roger,

This is belated feedback on the use of funds during 2012, derived from the Gilbert Excellence Endowment that you and Ann established in 2008. More...

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Donation Honors Professor. UT Alumnus Give $500,000 to Fund Brackenridge Lab (8/12/2008)

A former student has decided to honor a former mentor, UT integrative biology professor Larry Gilbert, with a gift to the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Gilbert is approaching retirement after 28 years as the lab's director.

Roger Worthington, a UT alumnus and California-based trial lawyer, and his wife, Ann, will donate $500,000 to UT's College of Natural Sciences to establish the Lawrence E. Gilbert, Jr. Excellence Endowment.

The donation will be used to promote "research, teaching and outreach for ecology, evolution, population and environmental biology," said Kay Thomas, director of external relations for the College of Natural Sciences.  More…

Lawrence Gilbert and Roger Worthington

The Brackenridge Field Laboratory
HD Short Documentary
Producer/Director: Christian Moore & Nancy Higgins


The "Brackenridge Field Laboratory" takes an inside look at the University of Texas research station that is in danger of being re-developed into a commercial and “more valuable” piece of property. Established in 1967, the Brackenridge Field Laboratory allows scientists and students from U.T. to collect data on animal and plant life in their natural habitats – not in an isolated laboratory. Larry Gilbert, a biologist and professor, explains how the uncultivated land is being used for scientific experiments and observation, making the case for the research station’s value to both the University of Texas, and to the planet. More...


Ann and Roger Worthington Give $500,000 to Promote Education In Biodiversity and Applied Ecology (8/1/2008)

University of Texas at Austin alums Roger and Ann Worthington have donated $500,000 to establish the Lawrence E. Gilbert, Jr. Excellence Endowment, an endowment for the benefit of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) and research and education in ecology and biodiversity. More…


Worthington Commencement Speech at University of Texas.  (5/17/2003)

On May 17, 2003 Roger Worthington gave the commencement address to the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. ‘Do Well, Get Well, Raise Hell and Get to Heaven.’  Click here for a copy of his speech.