The Trips for Kids (TFK) Chapter in Twin Cities, Minnesota, announced unprecedented support from Bloomington, Minnesota, based Quality Bicycle Products (QBP).
That chapter's Founding Director, Rick McFerrin, recently moved to Calgary, Canada, to start another Trips for Kids Chapter there, so QBP stepped in to manage the day-to-day operations Twin Cities chapter. Its goal is to develop a team of local volunteers that will eventually run the organization with QBP's ongoing support.
"QBP believes strongly in the Trips for Kids mission to mentor kids and increase their overall fitness," says Jason Grantz of QBP Advocacy. "And of course, our whole industry benefits when more young people discover the fun and excitement of riding bikes."
In fact, the Twin Cities chapter was launched earlier this year with a US$10,000 grant from QBP and support from local volunteers and bike shops.
QBP said it will continue to support TFK Twin Cities, but it is working to help the chapter become completely independent and self-sustaining. "We planted the seeds here. Now we're inviting others to step forward and help it thrive and grow. This is an investment in the future of our communities and our industry," Grantz said.
"This is a huge boost for us," said national TFK director Marilyn Price. "QBP's support ... sets a great example for other businesses to follow.