Trips for Kids wins Non-Profit of the Year award

California Governor's Council recognizes organization

Trips For Kids (TFK) won the 2009 Non-Profit Organization of the Year award given out by the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. TFK was one of 700 nominees. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation presented the award in mid-September at the Fourth Annual Spotlight Awards ceremony in Sacramento, California.

As part of the award, Trips for Kids will receive a Spolight Award US$10,000 donation at a special ceremony in San Rafael, California on November 19.

"Trips for Kids is overjoyed to be the recipient of this prestigious award," said Marilyn Price, founding director of TFK. "Recognition from the Spotlight Awards will significantly boost our visibility and encourage more people to sign up as Trips for Kids chapters. The prize will really help us give underserved youth an opportunity to be active through our mountain bikes rides."

The California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians with an emphasis on children and youth. Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has granted more than $1.75 million to the Council over the last five years.

"I congratulate all of this year's Gold Medal winners," Governor Schwarzenegger said.

Council Chairman Jake Steinfeld, founder of Major League Lacrosse and Exercise TV said, "We're proud to shine a spotlight on each of our awardees because they are each doing something amazing to help California's children."

Trips for Kids is a 21-year-old national non-profit based in San Rafael, Calif., with programs that give underserved youth a chance to experience the joy and challenge of mountain biking, while learning valuable life skills and an appreciation for the outdoors. There are currently 66 Trips for Kids chapters in the United Stated, Canada and Israel.

For more information on Trips for Kids, visit www.tripsforkids.org.

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