Month: July 2010

July 26, 2010

Cydcor launches Cydcor Cares program in Southern California

Cydcor Cares Reading Fair
CYDCOR ‘READING FAIR’ Cydcor Kicks Off New Cydcor Cares Program With ‘Reading Fair’ at Local Boys and Girls Club. (PRNewsFoto/Cydcor, Inc.) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA UNITED STATES

We kicked off our Cydcor Cares program at the Boys and Girls Club in Thousand Oaks, California this month. The event was designed to help kids become more interested in reading. Cydcor office team members dressed up as their favorite fictional characters and read to children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

The Bookaneer, a local used bookstore in Thousand Oaks,  donated dozens of children’s fiction titles to help support the event. Owner, Tracy Benedict, was thrilled with the results and  thanked Cydcor for making it a priority to give back to their local community and for providing such a great program for children to participate in.

Read more about Cydcor Cares and this event at The Daily Tell.

July 13, 2010

Giving Milestone – 500 People Making a Difference

Cydcor is proud that its Neighborhood Leader Program has reached significant milestones. To date, more than 500 team members from the various independent Cydcor offices throughout the United States and Canada have dedicated almost 300 hours to their local communities through charity and volunteer work – helping more than 28 organizations.

Organizations helped in various local communities through the Neighborhood Leader Program include the Lupus Alliance of America, Feed the Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Make-a-Wish, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Project Bread, the Boys & Girls Club, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the March of Dimes, and a number of food banks and animal rescues and sanctuaries.

To further demonstrate dedication to the Cydcor Community, the company recently formed a new program, Cydcor Cares, which will enable internal employees to band together and use their eight allotted volunteer hours that Cydcor offers on a yearly basis. The Cydcor Cares first event will take place at the Thousand Oaks Boys and Girls Club, where Cydcor team members will read to children from kindergarten to fourth-grade age.

Click here to read more.

July 12, 2010

When the Game was Ours

One of the best books written by sports greats is When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson, with Jackie MacMullan.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will always be linked as two competitors.  They are linked like Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier and Wilt Chamberlain versus Bill Russell.  They first competed against each other in the NCAA basketball championship, which has the highest ratings of viewers of any game in history.  They then competed against each other in the NBA and in three NBA finals.  One was white and one was black; one from a city and one from the country; one was quiet and shy and one outgoing and loved being around people.  The one thing that they had in common is that neither was a great athlete.  They were considered slow, with poor jumping ability.  They were great because of their work ethic and their deep desire to be great.  They out-worked and out-competed their competition.

They did not like each other at first, yet there was respect.  They each practiced hard, motivated to beat the other.  Then because of a television commercial they became friends.  This book tells about each of their lives, how hard they worked and practiced and how they became friends.

This is a must read for people who want to be successful.  It does help if you have a slight interest in basketball, but it may not be necessary.  This is a compelling story of what it takes to win.  We often think these great stars are born great.  Not the case with most and especially Bird and Magic.  They did it by will and effort.

One of the best quotes from the book, summarizes what I am referring to about why this book is a must read for those who want to know what it takes to be successul: “[Magic] worked tirelessly on his ball-handling and his rebounding with the advice [Coach] Fox gave him imprinted on his mind: when you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you.  Bird was told the same thing by coach Jim Jones.  As he advanced from high school to the college game, he wasn’t sure that “other person” truly existed.  ‘Not until I met Magic,’ Bird said.”