Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information

What is NYC Spin-In?
NYC Spin-In is a fun, high-energy, indoor team cycling event to power pediatric research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The day will be filled with heart-pumping music, New York City’s top indoor cycling instructors, and inspiring patient stories. Participants of all skill levels are welcome.

How do I get started?
Visit the NYC Spin-In registration page and select a participant type:

  • Start a team
  • Join a team

How do I select the area I am fundraising for?
Team captains will have the opportunity to choose, for their team, from the following:

  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiac Center
  • Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Breakthrough Research Fund*
  • A specific area I am passionate about**

Is there a fundraising requirement?
Yes. All NYC Spin-In teams are encouraged to raise a minimum of $1,000 per bike. (For example, one bike = $1,000, two bikes = $2,000.)

Is there a limit to how many people can be on a team?
No, but each team is permitted to have a maximum of six (6) riders, per bike. Teams may reserve as many bikes as they’d like if they raise the minimum of $1,000 per bike (for example, one bike = $1,000, two bikes = $2,000). Need additional bikes? Email NYCSpinIn@email.chop.edu.

* What is the breakthrough research fund?
Each of the featured beneficiaries will split the dollars raised by your team equally to fuel breakthrough research and care.

** If I am interested in fundraising for an area outside of the three primary beneficiaries am I able to do so?
Yes, you are able to fundraise for an area of the hospital that has an existing fund. Team captains will select “A Specific area that I am passionate about” and the event manager will contact the team captain. The fundraising commitment for choosing your own area is $5,000 for the first bike and an additional $1,000 for every additional bike, (for example: one bike = $5,000 or two bikes = $6,000).

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for my company?
Yes, contact calabreseap@email.chop.edu for information.

Registration

What are my responsibilities as a team captain?
Team captains select the beneficiary, customize the team page, recruit team members and motivate their team to raise funds to support pediatric research breakthroughs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

If I had a team in Philly Spin-In last year, do I have to start over again to register for NYC Spin-In?
Yes. Team captains should visit the NYC Spin-In registration page. As a captain, you can register by logging in and using the same email and password as last year. Then, you can start your 2021 team using the same team name as 2019 (or a new one), and register for the NYC event.

When is the last day to register?
Bikes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 175 bikes. Online registration ends at XXX. However, participants can still register in-person on the day of the event — at an increased registration fee — if space is available. Sign up early to ensure your spot!

Fundraising

How can I raise funds for NYC Spin-In?
There are so many ways to raise funds for the NYC Spin-In! You can start by personalizing your fundraising page and sharing it with your family and friends. Check out our Fundraising Tips for additional creative ideas. Every dollar you raise helps propel pediatric research and impacts the lives of sick children.

What are ways that I can secure donations?
Your supporters can donate online through your fundraising page and in-person donations can be made using our Offline Donation Form. For more information, see our Ways to Give page.

Will I receive a tax document for my contributions?
Donations made payable to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a tax ID letter. Registration fees are not tax deductible.

Can I send a check to go toward my fundraising commitment?
Absolutely! Checks should be made payable to “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/Foundation – NYC Spin-In”. Please add the participant’s name or team you are supporting in the memo line, and mail it to:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation
Attn: NYC Spin-In
P.O. Box 781352
Philadelphia, PA 19178-3352

Be sure to download, print and include the offline donation form when you mail in the payment. And don’t forget to add your offline donations to your fundraising page – it all adds up!

What happens if I don’t reach the minimum fundraising requirement?
No credit cards will be charged if your team does not meet the fundraising requirement, but we do encourage you to make a gift to your team to start your fundraising. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reserves the right to unreserve a team’s bike if the team is not making an effort to reach their fundraising commitment.

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Search our matching directory to see if your company has a matching gift policy. You could double or even triple your contributions!

Event Day

I’m new to cycling; can I participate?
Absolutely! No experience is required to participate in NYC Spin-In. If you’re a first-time rider or an expert, come join us and have fun!

Are there minimum age or height restrictions to participate?
Participants must be 13 or older; riders also must be 5 feet tall or taller to reach the bike pedals.

How long will I ride?
The event consists of four 45-minute sessions; however, team members may switch riders as often as they’d like to! It’s completely up to each individual participant. Remember, there are only four 45-minute sessions so if your team has six to a bike you’ll want to switch more often.

How do I get there?
Parking Map
Additional Info to come…

What will I get at the event?
Besides an awesome day raising funds to support pediatric research at CHOP, you will receive a NYC Spin-In tank top or T-shirt (whichever you chose during registration), a rally towel, water, snacks and unlimited entertainment.

Do I need special indoor cycling shoes?
No, you do not need indoor cycling shoes to ride. Riders can wear sneakers or indoor cycling shoes. Each bike has pedals with cages or SPD compatibility.

What should I wear to NYC Spin-In?
We encourage all participants to wear comfortable active clothing and shoes. Don’t be afraid to show your spirit – bright colors, team shirts, tutus, feather boas, etc.

Do I have to stay the entire four hours if I am cycling with a team?
We encourage riders to stay and cheer on their teammates, but you are welcome to leave after your ride.

Will there be food and drink at the event?
Yes, there will be drinks and snacks for all registered participants at the event. If you have specific dietary restrictions, please bring your own food and drink.

How can I volunteer at NYC Spin-In?
Please email NYCSpinIn@email.chop.edu for volunteer information.