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  • 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!


  • 3 Jan 2019 7:52 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY!

    Mark Evans Rich Leever Wally Tibbits Virginia Baird

    Marlene Macek Anonymous Jim & Janet Oliver Kristen Highfield

    Bob Hudson Paul Majane Hubble Family Trust Kate Hansen

    Alan McNulty Bob Windham Daniel Erway Joseph Green

    Cheryl Harter Nancy Lorig Charity Silvera Dennis & Patti Wyman

    Rebecca & John Ellis Paul Hallinan Anne Hess Bill Jackson


  • 3 Nov 2018 7:45 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    On November 1st, Rich Leever, Kevin Adams, Randy Young and Mark Evans delivered 28 Trek Roscoe 24s and Bontrager helmets to four Verde Valley Elementary School Bikes4Kids Program participants for their after-school bike clubs.

    The Trek Roscoe 24s are equipped with disc brakes for excellent stopping power and simple 1X drivetrains with multiple rear gears which make shifting simpler. Rolling on 24x2.8" wide tires, the bikes are super stable and provide an incredible introduction to mountain biking. All bikes are proved at no charge to the schools.

    Over 70% of the students in Verde Valley elementary schools receive either free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Program and do not have access to a bicycle. We're working to change that!

    Each of these four schools have a mountain bike club of students in grades 4-6 coached by community volunteers. We teach the students bike safety, basic maintenance, and more importantly, we ride with them after school several times a week.

    The Verde Valley Bicycle Company (VVBC) in Cottonwood, AZ provided the bikes/helmet/tubes to our program at their cost and donated the time required to assemble the bikes. Trek gave them special pricing for these bikes which further stretched the Program's dollars.

    Participating Schools

    Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville, AZ received 8 bikes

    Beaver Creek Elementary School in Rimrock, AZ received 9 bikes

    Cottonwood Community School in Cottonwood, AZ received 7 bikes

    Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School in Cottonwood, AZ received 7 bikes

    Generous grants from the Arizona Community Foundation Yavapai County and the Sports Fund of Arizona made Thursday's deliveries possible.


  • 5 Sep 2018 7:41 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Wells Fargo - Arizona Community Relations recently announced that the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids was approved for a grant in the amount of $2,000.00.

    Verde Valley Bikes for Kids provides bikes for mountain bike clubs in both Cottonwood Elementary Schools as well as Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville and Beaver Creek Elementary School in Beaver Creek. Additionally, Verde Valley Bikes for Kids will

    • Provide new bikes to Verde Valley students who exceeds attendance, conduct and citizenship standards in the above schools and West Sedona Elementary School next spring;
    • Provide free kids bike helmets to attendees at the Sedona Celebration of Spring; and
    • A grant to the local National Interscholastic Cycling Association mountain bike racing team.

    Wells Fargo announced in May that it will give $400 million in cash to nonprofits in 2018. A big thank you to Wells Fargo for recognizing the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids community commitment.


  • 31 Aug 2018 7:39 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    For the second year in a row, the Verde Valley Bikes-For-Kids Program has provided a grant to the Sedona High School Mountain Bike Club National Interscholastic Cycling Mountain Bike Racing Team to defray coaches and team out-of-pocket expenses.

    According to Head Coach Eric Mace, "there are 10 kids signed up already and a few more asking questions about the team. There are even two girls this year. The team started practice at the beginning of July and ramps up to three times a week when school starts and there's an additional core training day too."

    According to VVCC President Marty Glinsky, "the VVCC Board approved the Verde Valley Bikes-for-Kids Program as part of a comprehensive response to a grant received by the Singletrack Futures Foundation that challenged the VVCC to create actionable programs or plans focused on getting kids on bikes. We're thrilled to be supporting Coach Mace and the team."

    "As you can imagine there a lot of associated costs with keeping the kids bikes working and safe, keeping them hydrated and getting to the 5 races throughout Arizona. Last year's funds were so helpful" added Coach Mace. "Right now there are four kids on bikes I have purchased or built up from donated parts. Getting more kids on bike is so great! Helping them gain Strong Bodies, Strong Minds, and Strong Character is our mission. We are first a youth development group and we use bikes to get there" " stated Coach Mace.


  • 30 Jun 2018 7:31 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Verde Valley Bikes for Kids was awarded a $5,000 Sports Fund of Arizona Grant. The Sports Fund of Arizona is a Colangelo Center fund established in 2016 to fund youth sports programs and organizations throughout the state with grants of up to $5,000.

    The program was also competitively awarded a $5,000 Grant from the Yavapai County Chapter of the Arizona Community Foundation and a $3,000 grant from the Sedona Chapter. 


    These three grants will help fund the program's expansion to two elementary schools in Cottonwood and Rimrock beginning next fall. The program currently supports bike clubs and spring rodeos at West Sedona and Cottonwood Elementary schools.

    In the 2017-2018 school year, the Verde Valley Bikes-for-Kids...

    • helped create a mountain bike club at Cottonwood Elementary School,
    • provided funds in support of West Sedona Elementary School's existing mountain bike club,
    • distributed 12 new bikes to Cottonwood & Sedona students who exceeded standards for grades, attendance, comportment and citizenship,
    • distributed 40 kids helmets at the Sedona Celebration of Spring, and
    • provided a grant to the Sedona High School Mountain Bike Club's National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Team to defray coaches and students out-of-pocket expenditures at scheduled races. .


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