Outride Riding For Focus
Outride’s Riding for Focus school-based cycling program uses cycling as a tool for middle school and junior high students to achieve academic, health, and social success. The program is designed to provide middle schools with everything they need to get their 6-8 grade students riding; includes bikes, helmets, starter maintenance equipment, and training. Utilizing a fleet of bikes and an easy-to-follow curriculum, middle school students learn riding etiquette, fitness and training concepts, decision-making, and bike handling skills.
Trailblazers partnered with Outride with support from the Walton Family Foundation to further expand our education initiative. The Riding for Focus program was awarded to 6 middle schools in Northwest Arkansas in the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021.
The schools each received a fleet of 34 bikes, helmets, maintenance equipment, in-depth curriculum training, and access to a 12-unit curriculum with ongoing program support. More than 2,000 children per year are impacted by this program.
The program became an instant favorite among students and staff for its positive impact on the students’ mental, social, and physical well-being.
Our work right now:
As part of our commitment to getting more kids on bikes, Trailblazers has partnered with Outride to set aside matching funds for Riding for Focus Programs in Arkansas. With these funds, we hope that up to 5 more schools throughout the state will participate in this amazing program. Interested schools are subject to Outride’s application criteria. The grant window opens in January of 2023 and closes on April 28, 2023.
If you have questions, email Info@WeAreTrailblazers.org
Program Grantee Schools:
- Ardis Ann Middle School- Bentonville
- Grimsley Junior High- Bentonville
- Arkansas Arts Academy- Rogers
- Holt Middle School- Fayetteville
- Owl Creek Middle School- Fayetteville
- Siloam Springs Intermediate- Siloam Springs