Recipients of the first Nicole Reinhart Memorial Fund "Access Grants" were announced on Friday, February 25. Four grants have been awarded to: The Fulton Flyers Junior Development Club (Atlanta, GA); ABD Cycle Club Women’s Development Program (Chicago, IL); Project SuperBee (Kansas); and Team Power Train (Tulsa, OK).
The Nicole Fund Access Grant is a grant given to cycling clubs that aim to attract and support new riders. Mike Reinhart, President of the Nicole Reinhart Memorial Fund which has given out more than $225,000 since its inception in 2001, noted that "We designed this grant program to identify some of the best programs in the country for bringing new riders into the sport. We want to help these programs grow and gain visibility so other clubs in other areas might try to emulate them."
Jim Whittaker on Team GP/VeloTek is also receiving national recognition for Project Super Bee, an innovative program that provides 24 inch wheel road bikes to youth age 7 to 12. GP VeloTek partners with community organizations such as Scouting, Boys and Girls Clubs, and schools to provide appropriately sized road bikes for rodeos, races, and beginner rides.
Mike Reinhart was pleased with the level of interest in the Access Grant. "We'd like to do it again and we need to work on finding more donors to help increase the amount of grants we can make," said Reinhart.
For more information on the Nicole Reinhart Memorial Fund and each of the grantees, go to: www.nicolefund.org