Howard Beach’s favorite cyclists, Corinne and Jack Wlody, also known as Team Wlody, brought the gift of warmth to New Yorkers by handing out 1,000 pairs of gloves to people during their second annual Glove Giveaway.
On the morning of Dec. 16 — with the temperature dipping to a frigid 19 degrees — the Wlodys visited the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Manhattan, where they gave out gloves to hundreds of people waiting in line for a hot meal.
Jack and Corinne, along with their team of Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York, Louis F. Lotito, Michael Wlody, and Joseph Vericella, took to the streets of Manhattan to hand out the rest of the gloves to anybody walking around without gloves on their hands.
“We are always mindful of the conditions and circumstances of others. We try to find meaningful ways to directly impact and help those around us,” Corinne Wlody said. “It’s important to us that people who struggle with any type of issues know that they are not forgotten, and that we care. This is an extension of what we do in transforming people’s lives — whether it’s physically changing their body, mind and spirit, or lending a helping hand to a stranger — what good is being fit and strong if you don’t use it to lift others?”
The cyclists were also awarded the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award for their numerous volunteer hours.
It is the Wlodys’ mission to inspire others to do random acts of kindness and make the world a better place for all. Their motto is: “If you want things to change and improve, you’ve got to be the solution.”
“It feels really awesome being recognized by the president for making a difference in our community. The people who we work with give us such wonderful feedback, and that is always truly appreciated, but this was a particularly special honor. What we try to do by our actions is inspire others. If everyone does a little something, it could make a huge difference in the condition of our world.”
The Wlodys’ main claim to fame is their tireless efforts on their bicycles.
Earlier this year, Jack and Corinne became the New York State Champions of the 2016 National Bike Challenge, cycling a combined total of 23,783.1 miles in 153 consecutive days.
Jack and Corinne are highly respected fitness consultants who work to help their clients to change their lives. For more than 22 years as Lifestyle Transformation Experts, they have successfully guided countless people to reach their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Corinne is also an artist, is putting the finishing touches on her illustrations for “The Dog Who Saved Pleasantville, a ‘Tail’ of Lifestyle Choices for Kids and their Parents,” the fitness couple’s first children’s book, which is in production and will be available mid-January. Half of the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to Bike New York.