TUCSON, Ariz. (April 28, 2022) — Banner – University Medicine, nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research, is once again the official title sponsor for the El Tour de Tucson. The 39th El Tour de Tucson will take place on Nov. 19, 2022.
A committed community partner, Banner – University Medicine, as the event sponsor, has named the Pima County Joint Technical Education District, known as Pima JTED, the primary beneficiary for El Tour de Tucson fundraising goals. Pima JTED offers tuition-free career and technical education programs to high school students.
Banner has partnered with JTED to create enhanced educational pathways for students interested in health care careers to help meet the growing need for health care professionals in Arizona.
“Support from El Tour de Tucson will greatly enhance the lives of countless Pima JTED students seeking to succeed in the workforce and college. We thank the event sponsors especially Title Sponsor Banner – University Medicine for making this commitment to improving our community,” said Kathy L. Prather, superintendent Pima County Joint Technical Education District.
Each year, El Tour is dedicated to a special person who has made significant contributions to the bicycling community, who serves as an example of achievement and who has overcome life’s obstacles. This year, El Tour de Tucson is proud to name former Pima County administrator Chuck Huckelberry as the Dedication Recipient for the 39th El Tour de Tucson in November.
“Chuck Huckelberry dedicated his career to working in partnership with community members, businesses and the health care professionals at Banner – University Medicine and other organizations to help making southern Arizona a healthy, prosperous and safe cycling community. We are pleased to be part of honoring Chuck’s dedication during this year’s Tour de Tucson,” said Sarah Frost, CEO Banner – University Medical Center South and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
El Tour de Tucson is Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the 10 largest cycling events in the United States. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 100, 50 or 25 miles or a Fun Ride of 10, 4 or 1 miles. To register for the race, please visit: https://eltourdetucson.org/
Since its inception in 1983, El Tour de Tucson has raised more than $100 million for over 100 charities. In that time, more than 266,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities have participated in the event.
About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Banner Children’s Diamond Children's Medical Center and many clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.bannerhealth.com/locations/tucson/banner-university-medical-center-tucson or www.bannerhealth.com/locations/tucson/banner-university-medical-center-south