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Brevard Academy Has Been Selected For The Specialized Foundation Bike Program Grant


June 11, 2018

The Specialized Foundation announced that Brevard Academy is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for the 2018-19 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculum integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“In addition to 36 new schools across the nation, we are delighted to have Brevard Academy join The Specialized Foundation family,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “With this years’ additional schools, our foundation will reach over 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. We look forward to working closely with Brevard Academy to improve their students’ lives through cycling.”

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Brevard Academy will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this fall.

“This program will allow students at the school to foster and build upon the local interest in mountain as a recreational activity that supports our local economy,” Ted Duncan, School Director of Brevard Academy.

Additionally, Brevard Academy will be partnering with local bike shop Sycamore Cycles Pisgah Forest to help work together to help build and maintain the school bike fleet.

“This is going to be an amazing experience for all of our kids at Brevard Academy. This opportunity is going to provide chance to our kids who may not be able to afford a bike, have one at school to use all the time. I’m very excited for our school,” Cody Jones, Athletic Director of Brevard Academy.

Riding for Focus is designed to introduce middle school students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and social success. The curriculum was developed based on studies conducted by a third-party research organization that investigated the impact of cycling on middle school students. Students that follow the curriculum have seen improvements in their standardized test scores, and the increased physical activity helps to establish life-long habits for exercise, fitness, and wellness. The program has been found to be an inclusive experience for all students, across all ethnographic, demographic, and geographic factors, and is flexible enough to deploy in all types of schools with class sizes from ten to fifty.

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