Newsletter - July 2019

Monthly Newsletter from the National Team

July 2019

Auction Items Raise $4,000 | Charlotte Chapter Seeks New Executive Director | Trips for Kids Marin Receives Donation From GoPro | Trips for Kids Metro New York Makes Impact

AUCTION ITEMS RAISE $4,000 FOR TRIPS FOR KIDS

Actor Robin Williams' personal signed 2006 Bianchi San Jose Road Bike auctioned in April

2001 Trek OCLV 5200 Carbon Fiber bike previously owned by the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team

Trips for Kids auctioned off two incredible yet vastly different pieces of cycling history.

In April, the late award winning actor, Trips for Kids Marin Advisory Board Member, friend and sponsor, Robin Williams' personal 2006 Bianchi San Jose Road bike was auctioned on eBay to benefit Trips for Kids. The April auction raised $2,425!

This month we auctioned a 2001 Trek OCLV 5200 Carbon Fiber bike that was previously owned by the iconic (and infamous) 2001 US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, which brought in $1525 to support our programming. The Trek bike was donated to us by a team supporter who received the bike from former team manager Mark Gorski. This bike could have been ridden by Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Tom Boonen, Christian Vande Velde, Victo Hugo Pena, Levi Leipheimer, viatcheslav Ekimov, Roberto Heras or others!

These auctions have provided opportunities for us to raise valuable funding, but they also provide a platform to create more awareness of our programs by introducing Trips for Kids to new audiences.

In the coming months, we hope to be offering other exclusive items like these for auction, and they do not need to be bicycle-related!

If you have a special item you would like to donate for an auction or know someone who would like to provide one, please contact our support and sponsor manager, Andy Phelps, at aphelps@tripsforkids.org or 415-747-9971.

 

CHARLOTTE CHAPTER SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Our second longest operating chapter, Trips for Kids Charlotte, is seeking a dynamic new individual to lead their amazing team into the future!

If you (or you know of someone who might be) interested in learning more about their executive director position please visit this link.

 

Marin youth take a moment to savor their new surroundings.

TRIPS FOR KIDS MARIN RECEIVES GIFT FROM GOPRO

GoPro volunteered for a Trips for Kids Marin ride through Golden Gate Park recently, and the experience was truly inspiring for this Bay Area-based video camera and drone company.

Learn more HERE about how GoPro recently reached out to help our founding chapter to share what Trips for Kids does, changing kids lives one ride at a time.

 

METRO NEW YORK MAKES IMPACT

Since 2002 Trips for Kids Metro New York has gotten more than 5,000 kids on out on bikes and connected to nature. 

The chapter's primary goal is to partner with youth mentoring organizations, schools and community groups to provide area kids with an extensive introduction to mountain biking.  They use the bike as a tool to teach lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness. 

Youth from Trips for Kids Metro New York.

Metro New York's volunteers lead bike trips for up to a dozen youth each ride, drawn from community organizations around the Five New York boroughs plus Long Island. Rides take place on off-road trails throughout the Metro New York area, and are designed as lessons in self-exploration and environmental awareness. Riders learn biking skills, safety and trail etiquette. The chapter ride leaders always stress the importance of one's own actions both on and off the trail. The rides can be purposefully challenging, and it's not unusual to see kids learning teamwork and overcoming challenges by helping each other up a steep hill or over rough terrain. 

Chapter Director Andree Sanders has been at the helm of the Metro New York chapter since 2006. When asked what she enjoys most about running a chapter she shared, "The idea that the skills we teach kids really do make a difference in their lives is a constant inspiration to me. As our program has grown, I see the same kids more and more. I get to see them grow as cyclists, and more importantly, as part of a community and to truly learn to trust themselves, to trust their gut!"

The chapter also participates in local community events, operates an Adventure Ride Club, and a mountain bike Race Club for older youth who are interested in racing.

When asked what she would share with someone who might want to start a chapter, Andree shared, "Do it. It is SO worth it. If you have a passion for mountain biking and a passion for getting kids out on a bike and into nature, become a chapter leader. There are challenges, but at the end of the day you have touched lives in ways you are not even aware of!"

Visit THIS LINK to learn more about Trips for Kids Metro New York.

 

IMPACT A CHILD'S LIFE

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