The Everybody Plays Foundation

The Everybody Plays Foundation is a fully recognized 501-c-3 non-profit based in New Haven, CT.  The Foundation’s goal is to increase sport and cycling participation throughout the State, but especially in Connecticut’s urban communities.

The Centric Sports and Cycling Center will be the home of Everybody Plays Foundation.  The Centric Sports and Cycling Center will offer participation opportunities from basic to advanced in basketball, track and field, volleyball and cycling as well as other sports.  Summer camps, after school programs, and advanced skills, will be available.

The Foundation’s goal is to create a path for the highly skilled and motivated athlete to advance while also allowing children and adults to enjoy sports in a safe environment at their own pace.  Everybody Plays Foundation will offer scholarships to people of need for all CSCC has to offer.



Founder EPF

Rick MayerRick Mayer, has spent three decades as a business executive, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. His diverse business career includes working in finance at Morgan Guarantee Trust; running scrap steel, shipping and oil refining businesses in Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Belize and Costa Rica; and running an international trade and investment development program in Yemen, Guatemala and Panama. Throughout his career he has been an advisor and private equity investor in a variety of businesses including bio fuels, high tech irrigation systems, internet media, entertainment and sports. He president of the MFUNd Foundation, a family philanthropic trust and a founder and partner in Everybody Plays Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit focused on developing the Centric Sports & Cycling Center in New Haven, CT. Mayer is graduate of Yale University, a lifelong cyclist, a photographer, and dedicated proponent of sustainable agriculture.


Founder EPF

Sue-WebSue D’Aniello is an owner of D’Aniello’s Amity bicycles of Woodbridge, CT, an independent bicycle dealership she co-founded with her husband, Guy in 1981. Throughout her dealership tenure she was active in developing, promoting and organizing many road, track, BMX and off-road cycling programs, as well as benefits events throughout Connecticut. She served for eight years as the CT state representative for the United States Cycling Federation (USCF) now know as USA Cycling in charge of conducting all CT state championships. Sue was a past president of Laurel Bicycle Club and a founder of CT Bicycle Racing Association. In the community Sue has activity given bicycle safety talks to children from nursery school to middle school age. Along with being cycling Commissioner for the Special Olympic World Games, Sue’s proudest accomplishments is her involvement with Greater New Haven Habitat for Humanity Habitat Bicycle Challenge, from 1998-2008. The HHBC was one of Habitat’s largest fundraisers. She along with her son Kurt prepared and prepped 90 Ivy League college students to ride 4000 miles across country.

She was awarded Hamden’s Town Resident of the Year in 1997 for the community work she has done.



Founder EPF

Queen SmithQueen Smith, co-executive director, is a sports leader with twenty years of experience as a coach, teacher and administrator with Yale University and the New Haven Board of Education. She has successfully developed and managed collegiate athletic programs in basketball, track and field and volleyball including career planning for athletes and coaches. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and inductee into the Quinnipiac College and Hillhouse HS Halls of Fame and is the recipient of numerous awards for sports leadership and public service. She is a founder of EPF.


Founder EPF

William Dixon, Vice President, is a 35 year veteran of developing collegiate and community sports programs in the New Haven area. His focus has been on inner-city youth development and has included instituting coaching programs and summer youth leagues for the Dixwell Neighborhood Corp, Quinnipiac College, the City of New Haven Parks Department, and more. His achievements include leading Quinnipiac’s women’s basketball team to the NCAA final round, coordinating New Haven’s hosting of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games and appointment by the governor to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. He is a graduate of Southern CT University and a founder of Everybody Plays Foundation.


Founder EPF

Dwight JohnsonDwight Johnson, Vice President, is a small business owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a long time resident of New Haven and dedicated advocate for all forms of cycling in Connecticut. His diverse background includes caregiver, massage therapist, yoga teacher and home painting and restoration contractor. He is a life time cyclist, masters racer and one of the original founders of Everybody Rides Foundation, forerunner to EPF.

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