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Former professional cyclist Steven Cozza turns to real estate, and finds ways to help people along the way

  • Former professional cyclist and current real estate agent, Steven Cozza, on Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Former professional cyclist Steven Cozza has spent much of his life standing up for other people.

When he was a kid growing up in Petaluma, he protested discrimination against gays by the Boy Scouts of America. As a high-profile cyclist, he raised money for disabled kids, among others.

And now, as he launches a new career as a real estate agent, Cozza is behind a one-man food drive to supply the Mary Isaak Center.

He's also organizing a May 11 cycling event — the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo — to raise money for public schools.

"Muhammad Ali says helping others is the rent we pay to be on this earth," said Cozza, a huge fan of the heavyweight champion. "I really take that to heart."

The 2003 Petaluma High School graduate was a charitable force during his decade-long cycling career, which ended last spring when he was sidelined with colitis.

As a member of the top-ranked Garmin team, Cozza competed in the Paris-Roubaix three years running. At the same time, he organized Steven Cozza's Race For Kids, a fundraiser for at-risk children.

Now back in his hometown, Cozza has earned a real estate license and has signed on with Frank Howard Allen.

With a teacher mother and social worker father, it's no surprise that Cozza is driven to help people. In years past, he's been recognized by co-workers and elected officials alike.

Former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, a Petaluma Democrat, once told him he should run for president. He was about 11 years old then, he said.


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