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Trips for Kids wins Non-Profit of the Year award

One kid rides along.

One kid rides along. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)

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."

For more information on Trips for Kids, visit

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.