By: Soon Leong
SAP Silicon Valley offers countless ways for employees to get involved in their passions by joining local Affinity Groups. It was a victorious 2014 as Affinity Groups paved the way to make a difference in our community. These groups are created by high-spirited and dedicated SAP leaders that volunteer to create exciting events surrounding your interests.
SAP Cycling Club is a group of cyclists who have a passion for cycling and a drive to help others. Their mission is to promote cycling at SAP, a healthy lifestyle, and champion charitable causes. These employees have a goal to make a difference in people’s lives, be a top fund-raising team, bring Silicon Valley campuses closer together and ride while having fun. Last year, the club participated in several local events such as Bike to Work Day, Tour de Cure, Veteran’s Victory Velo, Canary Challenge and a Bikes for Tots event.
The Run Club strives to have fun running and racing together in the Silicon Valley. Runners from any level and with any running distance preference are welcome. The Run Club represented our region in the global Runner’s Cup from September to mid-December this year. Our local team was titled the 3rd healthiest region and joined together in running more than 14,3000 miles and burning more than 19 million calories!
Our 21 Affinity Groups are devoted to giving you a chance to step away from your desk and enjoy the things that you love. Thank you to the core leaders that make these opportunities possible: Administrative Professionals – Rosemary Butler, Sandra Dosker, Peggy Gallar, Badminton Club- Jaideep Godara and Santosh Kikkeri, Basketball Club – Jin Wong, Black Employee Network – Lisa Penn, Stephanie Braime-Williams, Brian Reaves, Business Women’s Network – Inga Bereza, Kellie Drenner, Chinese Culture Group – Ying Zeng, CSR – Katie Morgan, Cycling Club – Scott Lawley, Cheryl Smith, and Stephen Kerr, Filipino Culture Group – Pearl Bayot, FIT Club -Fred Parrocha and Carlos Simental, Golf Club – Whitney Dragstrem, Interns – Danielle DeZorzi, Latinos@SAP -Alejandro Barajas, Pride@SAP -Moya Watson, Erika Jackson, Run Club -Rocky Ongkowidjojo, SAP India Culture Group – Silicon Valley -Rajiv Nema, Swati Sinha, Neelima Tadikonda, Ski & Snowboard -Christopher Morosini, Softball Club -Gurdeep Dhillon, Sustainability Champions -Larry Morgan, Table Tennis Club -Sharath Amarnath, Tennis Team -Ankur Baishya, and Toastmasters -Lucinda Huang.
Explore the Silicon Valley Affinity Group Jam page to learn more about these groups and how you can get involved in opportunities near you! Don’t see your passion(s) listed? No problem, be the lead and help us kick off the new year by creating a group based around your interests! Please contact Soon Leong.
You can expect more thrilling events to continue in 2015. We are proud to announce that SAP will be the premier sponsor of the first ever Cycling 4 Veterans (C4V) ride on Saturday, October 17, 2015. We invite you to gather with colleagues as we support this community event benefiting the Veteran’s First Program at Las Positas College and the C4V volunteer group organizers. As a veterans and military supported event, C4V is leading the way in Northern California, and this year they are featuring three epic rides for 30 miles, 55 miles and 115 miles! Join SAP as we raise support and awareness for the local military veterans and current in-service personnel. All fundraising will directly benefit veteran and active military organizations including: the Las Positas College Veterans First Program, Sentinels of Freedom, Valley Veterans Foundation, Blue Star Moms – Danville Chapter, and Pleasanton Military Families (PMF). Participation is simple, you can register as a rider or volunteer at this event.
Join SAP Silicon Valley Jam to stay current on all upcoming announcements and events. We invite you to run, ride, and play with us as we embark on this amazing 2015 journey together!