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  • 14 Jul 2020 5:14 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    In April, 46 new Earn-a-Bikes were awarded to students prior to the great kids bike shortage of 2020 occurred because of the pandemic. The backordered bikes are starting to arrive and Kinlee picked hers up on Saturday. In total, 81 bikes will be awarded since schools closed in mid-March.

  • 11 Feb 2020 8:20 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    At its monthly meeting tonight, the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School Board unanimously approved the creation of an after-school bike club for its 5th grade. Verde Valley Wheel Fun (FUN), contracting through the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy, will operate the club becoming the 9th club FUN operates in eight Verde Valley elementary schools.

    Generous grants from the Burton Family Foundation for the clubs bikes and equipment and the Catena Foundation made this club possible.

  • 15 Jan 2020 8:18 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We just received word that the Catena Foundation plans to award a $50,000 grant to Verde Valley Wheel Fun.

    The grant will be used to help achieve the five year goal of transitioning FUN from an all-volunteer based operation to one run by professional staff, augmented by volunteers, and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors.

    FUN first reached out to the Catena Foundation on March 21, 2019 to thank them for the work they're doing in Northern Arizona and provide an introduction to its work. That outreach resulted in a call in April and we have been working with Catena since then getting them comfortable with what we're doing.

    Mike Wight, Catena Foundation's Restoration and Trails Program Officer, made a site visit in December 2019 to see the Youth Program first hand at Oak Creek Elementary School. Cottonwood Elementary School Superintendent, Steve King, and Oak Creek Principal Nayadin Persaud met with Mike and told him what the program means to them. Then, Mike went on a six mile trail ride with the kids who we know sold him.

    The Catena Foundation is a private grant making organization founded by Sam R. Walton in 2017 and is headquartered in Carbondale, CO. The Catena Foundation focuses on making grants to environment, community development and education organizations in the Four Corners area of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.


  • 8 Jan 2020 8:14 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Verde Valley Wheel Fun (FUN) is pleased to announce that it is exclusively running the Verde Valley Bikes For Kids Program effective January 8, 2020. FUN’s all-volunteer youth program currently operates eight after-school mountain bike clubs serving 90+ students each semester at the following public elementary schools:

    • Beaver Creek Elementary (K-6)
    • Camp Verde Elementary (K-6)
    • Oak Creek Elementary (K-8) – 2 clubs in operation
    • Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary (K-8)
    • Mountain View Academy (K-8)
    • Cottonwood Community (K-8)
    • West Sedona Elementary (K-6)

    Additionally, the youth program awards new mountain bikes each spring to students who must exceed school standards for conduct, attendance and citizenship; provides an annual grant to the local National Interscholastic Cycling Team and distributes kids helmets at the annual Sedona Celebration of Spring.

    “With the Youth Program growing as fast as it is - we're adding our 9th club this spring at Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School - we're glad to be exclusively running this effort said Rich Leever, FUN President.

    There is no charge for students and schools participating in FUN’s programs.

  • 26 Dec 2019 8:10 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Verde Valley Bikes For Kids received a $6,500 grant from the Burton Family Foundation to purchase the bikes and safety equipment for its planned after-school mountain bike club at the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School. “Our Youth Program currently operates eight after-school mountain bike clubs at seven Verde Valley Elementary Schools and we’re thrilled that the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School plans to join the program in 2020” said Rich Leever, Youth Program Committee Chair for the VVCC.

    ABOUT THE BURTON FAMILY FOUNDATION. The Burton Family Foundation is a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation. Established in 2015, Burton Family Foundation provides support for innovative programs that promote equity and opportunity for underserved students across Arizona.


  • 14 Aug 2019 8:06 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    At the August 9th Philanthropic Awards Luncheon at the Prescott Resort, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation - Yavapai County,  Verde Valley Bikes For Kids was one of five Shining Star recipients. ACF Shining Stars are recognized annual for their transformative work in the community.

    Verde Valley Wheel Fun Treasurer, Kevin Adams, attended the luncheon which required each Shining Star to give a two minute presentation of their program to the approximately 400 in attendance. Up for grabs was $300/table from the Arizona Community Foundation and any individual contributions from attendees.

    Yesterday, Lisa Sahady of ACF-Yavapai County informed Verde Valley Wheel Fun that it will be receiving $9,100.00 from the luncheon. These proceeds will go to the Verde Valley Bikes For Kids Program which plans to distribute 100 new Trek bicycles to students at all 8 Verde Valley elementary schools in the spring of 2020.


  • 11 Aug 2019 8:01 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    On Thursday August 8th, Bikes For Kids received notification from Wells Fargo that it was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000.

    The grant will be used to expand the program's after school bike club to the 7th and 8th grades at Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville.


  • 10 Jun 2019 8:04 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program was notified today that it was one of only five programs selected as shining examples of the transformative work being done for the communities of Yavapai County by the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF). Included with this notification was the announcement that the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program was selected for an ACF Yavapai County grant in the amount of $6,000.

    Grant funds will be used to award new mountain bikes, helmets and locks in spring 2020 to Verde Valley public school students in grades three through six. The mountain bikes come with lifetime free maintenance performed by the Verde Valley Bicycle Company.

    The Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program will be formally recognized as a Shining Star at the Joy of Giving Luncheon at the Prescott Resort in August.


  • 14 May 2019 7:57 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    35 Verde Valley elementary school students will be riding new bikes thanks to the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program of the VVCC. These third through sixth grade students were chosen by their schools and awarded Trek Wahoo hybrid bikes, Trek Roscoes and Marlin 5 mountain bikes for exceeding school standards for grades, attendance, conduct and citizenship at the following Verde Valley elementary schools:

    Beaver Creek Elementary

    Camp Verde Elementary

    Cottonwood Community School

    Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary (Cottonwood)

    Mountain View Academy (Cottonwood)

    Oak Creek Elementary School (Cornville)

    West Sedona Elementary School

    In addition to the bike, which each student chose in their favorite color, students were also awarded a new helmet and bike lock. Each bike comes with lifetime free maintenance provided by the Verde Valley Bicycle Company in Cottonwood.

    Generous grants from the Sports Fund of Arizona, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and Sedona, Wells Fargo Bank, Trek President John Burke, the Singletrack Futures Foundation and 150+ individual donations made these awards possible. The Verde Valley Bicycle Company provided the bikes to the VVCC at cost, assembled them for free, and provides discount parts and service prices to Verde Valley Bikes For Kids

    Thank you supporters and congratulations students!


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