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USA BMX Foundation
The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is the world's largest BMX sanctioning body for the sport of bicycle motocross (BMX); United States operations are conducted under the brand USA BMX and Canadian operations are conducted under the brand BMX Canada. In 2005, the ABA formed the USA BMX Foundation to foster increased youth participation in the sport of BMX.
Specifically, the USA BMX Foundation’s goals are to:
- Introduce new youth participants to BMX in a safe, positive and fun environment
- Increase awareness of the sport
- Provide a clear transition path from the enrichment programs to a BMX member track
- Promote an active and healthy lifestyle through physical fitness and nutritional education in a safe and positive environment
The inclusion of BMX racing into the Olympic Games in 2008 has catapulted the popularity of the sport and ABA has since been fortunate to experience outstanding membership growth and strong national event participation. From this growth in national and international exposure, the USA BMX Foundation has developed two youth outreach programs to attract more kids to the sport and to promote the positive virtues of BMX racing.
Youth Outreach Program #1: STEM After School Enrichment Program
In 2013, the USA BMX Foundation launched the first STEM program sanctioned by an Olympic sport in the United States. The USA BMX STEM Program is currently administered in over 150 schools across the country, and has already served more than 5,000 kids.
The design of this program is to expose the sport of BMX to more youth throughout the United States. Specifically, our aim is to deliver BMX themed programming to new markets including schools, community centers and youth organizations.
This program is built around a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum model which is endorsed by the White House and the United States Department of Education and is part of the President’s education challenge. The program is equal part education, equal part athletics and exercise. As part of the program, each student receives not only the STEM education, but also access to a BMX bike and helmet, and a free one-day membership to USA BMX. The program is designed to be implemented through a variety of funding models, including private foundation grants, PTAs, and STEM related gifts. Schools have run the STEM curriculum in regular class time, after school, and through week long summer camps.
Below are links to three videos that outline the early success of the USA BMX STEM Program. The videos cover schools utilizing the curriculum in Marysville Elementary in Oregon, Edison Public Schools in New Jersey, and Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona.
To order a USA BMX STEM kit, contact Mike DuVarney at MikeD@usabmx.com or call (303) 520-7345.
The program is designed for beginner to intermediate riders from ages 7 to 14 (we are currently in development of an under-7 and also a high school aged model). The eight-module curriculum is designed for 16 hours of teaching time with a student to teacher ratio of 20:1.
For more information on this program, contact Jon Schmieder at JonS@usabmx.com.
Youth Outreach Program #2: Read to Ride Program
The USA BMX Read to Ride program is targeted at students from kindergarten through sixth grades, and is built on a “words are words” model. Students can read or be read to, choosing any publication or format they like, and they log each hour of reading activity through an online tracking system. Each student that participates receives a Certificate of Participation and a one-day membership to USA BMX. Students that rank in the top tier of their class in hours read, earn additional prizes such as water bottles, shirts, hats and synch sacks. The student that logs the most minutes per school wins a BMX bike and helmet and recognition at a school assembly as the top reader.
For more information on this program, contact Mike Duvarney at MikeD@usabmx.com.
The USA BMX Foundation is currently reviewing and revamping its grant application process for 2016. Details on this program will be provided when available.
The USA BMX Foundation is seeking support of “Founding Partners” to enrich its outreach efforts and to support the ongoing programs of the non-profit organization.
For “Founding Partner” information or additional information, please contact USA BMX Foundation Executive Director Jon Schmieder at JonS@usabmx.com.
To order a USA BMX STEM kit, contact Mike DuVarney at MikeD@usabmx.com.