Fred Schroeder was an avid cyclist, fitness coach, and beloved member of the Abita Springs community who we lost on October 9, 2020 to depression. He was a gifted cyclist and a patient, caring, and encouraging coach who generously shared his time and knowledge with anyone. A USA Cycling Coach for 12 years, Fred trained both nationally-ranked ultra-distance racers and state-level athletes and served as an officer for the New Orleans Bicycle Club for 8 years.
He touched so many lives, and everyone has a “Fred” story…the guy that would stop a group ride to move a turtle out of the middle of the road so it wouldn’t get run over, the cyclist who would volunteer to turn back early to ride with someone who was struggling, and the friend who would drop absolutely everything to listen. Fred welcomed and loved everyone. He was always willing to pitch in, lend a helping hand, or share a laugh to make others feel at ease.
“You can’t replicate a Fred” is a common sentiment among the community. And while cycling was central to Fred’s life, it was second to his first love, his daughter, Nili Schroeder, whom he adored.
Nili believes that NAMI and James Samaritan are the perfect charities to benefit from the Fred Schroeder Memorial Gran Fondo and gratefully appreciates everyone who supports these important organizations.
The Fred Schroeder Memorial Fondo strives to honor the memory of Fred Schroeder, through the sport of cycling, by bringing awareness to mental health and support to families of adoptive and foster children via donations to The National Alliance of Mental Illnesses and the James Samaritan organization.