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Our mission is to perpetuate Theodore “TURTLE” Wilson’s drive to help others persevere through their challenges in order to achieve their potential and to share their own gifts with confidence in a “pay it forward” manner.

Building bike ROCK Stars

The TURTLE Effect™ Foundation is committed to empowering talented and dedicated athletes to pursue their goals. Cycling was a passion of Turtle Wilson’s, and one he shared with vigor among his friends and community.  Read more about how the Foundation honors his legacy and what it means to be a “bikeROCKstar.”

Supporting Scholarship

The Gregor Mendel Scholarship will be an annual scholarship awarded to one or more nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporate Chicago-focused entities whose missions best exemplify the spirit, perseverance, commitment to excellence, and humanity of Lt Col (Ret) Theodore “TURTLE” Wilson. Read more about how the TURTLE Effect™ plays into the Scholarship selection criteria. 


News, Notes and Updates



The TURTLE Effect(™) Foundation has raised more than $20,000 towards the coaching, training and equipment of Paralympic cyclist Stephanie Zundel and her pilot Paige Gray Hackler. Part of these funds are going towards a custom tandem track bike. Please follow the story...

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Off the Chain Turtle Memorial Ride

Off the Chain Turtle Memorial Ride

Saturday, 8th May 2021 Reston, VA 8 AM – 2 PM  Presented by Evolution Cycling Club (501c3) benefiting The TURTLE Effect™ Foundation (501c3 pending)

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Who was Turtle?
Theodore Wilson

“I introduce myself as Turtle and I usually say that just because I’m slow and lethargic and that creates a laugh out of most folks as I run into the room with my hair on fire. But it’s a good icebreaker, right? It kind of takes everyone out of their kung fu stance and allows you to lighten an atmosphere and try to focus on the things that I like focusing on, which is bringing some optimism and positivity to the room...”



Support the Foundation

Your support of The TURTLE Effect Foundation helps others persevere and overcome their challenges in order to achieve their potential in cycling and academics.  Please consider the Foundation for any of your charitable giving, whether large or small.  In the words of Turtle Wilson: “Let’s make it happen!”

The TURTLE Effect Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed under the State of Michigan with tax exempt status pending