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  • 16 Mar 2021 11:31 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Mingus-Union High School Club at Tissaw Creek Trail (above & below)

    Oak Creek School on Campus Getting Ready to Ride (below)


  • 23 Feb 2021 1:37 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Photo courtesy of Flagline Trails, LLC


    A long time dream coming to fruition!

  • 9 Feb 2021 9:54 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Ground will break in February 2021 to build the bike skills park at Mountain View Preparatory School in Cottonwood as the last of the permits was secured earlier this month.

    FUN selected Flagline Trails LLC to build the bike skills park. Flagline  is a full-service trail contractor specializing in sustainable natural surface trail projects throughout the western US. Flagline has 16 years of experience designing, building and maintaining trails for local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations and its principal, Matt Roberts, was part of the team that built phases one and two of the Coconino County MTB skills park at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.

    The MVP bike skills park is expected to take two months to build.

  • 13 Nov 2020 9:19 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIWgQVhXc9Q&feature=youtu.be

  • 4 Nov 2020 4:12 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Here's some pictures from the elementary and middle school clubs at Oak Creek Elementary School and the elementary school club at Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School.


  • 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.

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