News Release

David Bernard
Public Relations Associate, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Taking the Team Approach to a Cure

For the 10th year, WilmU wheels will "Bike to the Bay" for MS research

Every year for the past decade, a team of Wilmington University cyclists have pedaled from Dover to Rehoboth Beach to support the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis. On Saturday, October 7, they'll be making the 75-mile trip again, and you can join them in their mission, with or without saddling up.

MS Bike to the Bay, an annual fundraising event organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, promotes research into the autoimmune disorder that attacks the body's central nervous system. Many of WilmU's 12 faculty, staff, student, and community members riding this year — as with previous years' participants — have a personal connection to the debilitating disease, said library director Jim McCloskey.

"It's exciting and inspiring knowing we're doing something for a good cause," said McCloskey, who is co-captaining the team along with Shannon Netta of the College of Online and Experiential Learning. "The ride is great exercise, a lot of fun, and a wonderful way to promote Wilmington University's support of community initiatives that help people."

The planned route takes riders from Delaware Technical Community College's Terry Campus in Dover southeast to Delaware Seashore State Park and across the Indian River Inlet bridge. Riders will benefit from the level terrain and enjoy the scenic views of lower Delaware's communities and farmlands before reaching the beaches.

The 2017 Bike to the Bay will be McCloskey's second ride with the WilmU team, and he recalled how it welcomed a newcomer to the sport on a hot Saturday morning in September 2016.

"Most of the time, we were together in a pack, encouraging each other and offering tips," he said. "We rode as a team. That was neat, and it helped us in being able to go the distance."

Interested in joining WilmU's MS Bike to the Bay team or making a donation to the cause? Please visit the team's web page, or contact Jim McCloskey at or (302) 356-6880. 

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit institution committed to providing career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The Wilmington University difference starts with our flexible, year round class schedules and full online learning availability and our graduates end with substantive degrees through one of the lowest tuitions in the tri-state region. Combined with our intense focus on academic excellence and individualized attention to our students in our degree and certificate programs and doctoral degrees, the WilmU difference is reflected in our students' achievements and alumni successes. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at, or visit

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - New Castle, DE