Five new chapters. Over 230,000 kids reached. 30 years of programs. 17 months of hard work from our new national leadership team. These numbers are refreshing to reflect upon as we close out 2018. This has been a year filled with learning, building and growth for Trips for Kids. Just like so many other organizations, we are riding the wave of change and standing firm to our primary focus, which has been and always will be the thousands of youth we serve and our impact across North America through a simple tool for positive growth, the bicycle.
There is much more work to do. Childhood obesity rates are still climbing, less kids are active overall in the US, and health outcomes could be declining for our youngest generations. Kids are spending more time sitting in front of screens than ever before, and less kids are getting outside and active than forty years ago. (although our programs are surely slowing down these trends) What to do? We need to keep pedaling forward to brighter futures, starting with inspiring a popular new culture around kids’ physical activity and bicycling.
Our First Year as a Trips for Kids Chapter - Tulare County
Over the past couple of years we have seen how mountain biking can improve every aspect of your life, both physically and mentally. We’ve witnessed in our own kids, the mental breakthroughs that can happen when they learn to conquer something that they never thought they could do. We’ve seen the defeat when they’ve looked at a mountain and said, “There is no way that I can climb that”, and then they DO IT and we get to see the absolute joy and pride as they look down at what they accomplished.
"We love the sport of mountain biking as a family, and once we found out about Trips for Kids, it was really a no-brainer. There are hundreds of kids in our community who deserve to have the same opportunity."
Last week, we loaded a moving van with 1000 donated Kali Protective's helmets. These gifts will be put to good use in the coming new year, protecting thousands of our youth as they ride and discover the world around them.
"Kali Protectives continues to invest in the future of our youth by helping us keep them safe through their helmet and product donations," shares Trips for Kids Executive Director, Robert Ping. "It means a great deal to us that they have stepped up once again to partner with us in the new year.
Kali Protectivesis a San Jose based sporting goods manufacturer delivering innovative body and head protection through specialty retailers worldwide. The company has been a Trips for Kids partner since 2010.