Indianapolis, IN ─ March 21, 2017 ─ Nine13sports has received a $300,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand Kids Riding Bikes program offerings in three school districts in central Indiana. This comes as Nine13sports continues to grow to meet the high demand for its innovative bicycle based education programs and services.

This grant will enable Nine13sports to bring its programs to 40 schools per year four times each over the next two years and allow for 40 community events and programs to also be served. This will include 30 IPS Schools as well as new opportunities for schools within Washington, Pike, and Lawrence townships. The estimated impact over the next two years of this partnership includes serving 20,000 individual youth as Nine13sports works to not only create a more fit and healthy generation of youth, but to build self-esteem, confidence, and an understanding of teamwork.

Nine 13 promotes health, wellness and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through the Kids Riding Bikes program, which it launched in 2012 in central Indiana schools and community organizations. The Kids Riding Bikes program integrates the traditional bicycle with technology and video enhancement to simulate a real-time cycling experience in a safe environment.

More than 70 percent of Nine 13’s student participants are eligible for federally subsidized free or reduced lunch programs, and many of the youth have never had the opportunity to be on a bicycle. Tom Hanley, Nine 13’s chief executive officer, calls bicycles the “great equalizer” that can put youth of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds on relatively even ground. In addition to improving participants’ health and fitness, the program is designed to promote community, teamwork and mutual respect.

“We could not be more excited for what this grant will mean for Nine13sports and the kids we are privileged to serve daily,” Hanley said. “It’s no secret we have a long waiting list of schools hoping to receive Nine13sports programming, and this will help us continue to grow and meet that demand. We are excited to utilize the opportunity this significant grant presents as a catalyst to expand in central Indiana, and to further engage the philanthropic community, as well as the corporate community, as we strive to get more Kids Riding Bikes.”

About Nine13sports: Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs.  We have created a unique initiative in which we have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations.  In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit or contact

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.  While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.  In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.


Nine13sports Letter of Review: Luis Perez

Chris Harris : April 5, 2017 9:08 am

To Team Nine13sports,                                                                            

Meredith Nicholson Elementary had the opportunity to welcome Nine13sports into our school and share their biking program with our students on March 6, 7 and 8. I thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm of the students!  They were so excited to participate with the bikes during Physical Education class.  As an educator, having the opportunity to witness the children’s excitement was rewarding and motivating to me; I was very glad to know that they were being introduced to using a bike for exercise and enjoyment; this could promote a healthy hobby that will yield lifelong benefits to their health!

The Nine13sports Team was very willing to be flexible and incorporate all of my classes, even during a prep time.  I appreciated this so much, because it resulted in all students having the opportunity to experience the benefits of exercising their bodies while socializing as a group. The Team was so willing to accommodate each student’s particular needs without hesitation.  I feel that this was truly a highlight for these children and they will have great memories of the experience in Physical Education class!

Having Nine13sports definitely gave all the students a great physical workout while providing a learning experience at the same time.  I was blessed to see how the Team approached each student and their unique needs individually.  The Team cheered on all students by clapping and giving high fives to the entire group as individuals finished the course.

Lastly, one of the most touching moments happened when one of the 5th grade students, with special needs, said that she had never ridden a bike before and did not know how to do it. Members of the Nine13sports Team were so willing to work patiently with her; she was successful in pedaling a bike for the first time! She enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay on for the entire time and did not want to leave the bike!  This was definitely a great experience for everyone involved.

On behalf of myself, staff and students at Meredith Nicholson Elementary IPS #96, we would like to say THANK YOU! Please come back and visit us again!


Luis Perez

Wellness/PE Teacher

IPS School 96


While it’s implausible for most individuals my age to reflect back on their childhood and not call to mind countless memories involving their bicycle, it’s a different day and age in which we all live in. As most of us know, kids today are not outside as much as they should be. The evolution of technology, video game consoles, and social media platforms are dragging more and more children inside the home. This is a problem. However, that isn’t what this post is about.

This post is about the feeling I get (and the rest of our staff here at Nine13sports gets) when they help a child ride a bicycle for the first time and the big smile that fills their face after they find out they can do it. Consistently, 10% of the youth we work with here in Central Indiana (1,000 out of 10,000 in 2016) have never been on a bicycle before they’ve been on our bikes at Nine13sports, and that’s all ages. While that’s an alarming number and one that we certainly want to see lower in the near and distant future, it gives our staff amble opportunity to have a permanent and fruitful influence on the children.

One of the many unforgettable moments of seeing a child ride a bicycle for the first time.

Obviously, at first the majority of the students we work with that have never been on a bike before get relatively discouraged when they have trouble getting the pedals to move. However, after some explicit instructions from our staff and a little encouragement, the kids slowly start to figure it out. The feelings of frustration and disappointment disappear and are replaced by feelings of enthusiasm and joy. They recognize that with just a little bit of perseverance and determination they can ride a bike just like the rest of their peers. 

Seeing moments such as this one on a daily basis is an incredibly heartwarming sight for our staff. It accomplishes our vision of using the art of the bicycle to teach and positively influence today’s youth. It signifies to the respective kids that they can do anything they set their mind to. That they can set their goals high and believe they can achieve them. That even when life gets hard and they can’t seem to figure it out, all they need is some good old-fashioned determination and resiliency to help them overcome the hurdles and barriers in front of them.

It’s incredible to our staff that a tool as simple as the bicycle can have such a powerful and worthy impact on so many youth of today. We are looking forward to showing more and more youth in 2017 how much they can achieve not only on two wheels and during Kids Riding Bikes, but in life as well.


Kids Riding Bikes at Indianapolis Public Schools William Penn School 49 concluded on Friday after a incredibly successful week of programming! In addition to learning how imperative exercise and fitness is for their overall well-being, the students were educated on the significance of wearing a helmet while riding their bicycle and how the bicycle can be used as a viable mode of transportation around our growing and thriving city.

The youth we served at 49 were beyond excited to hop on and get going on our bikes; fewer moments moves our staff more than seeing the genuine enjoyment and happiness of the students to get engaged on our bicycle simulators.

The upwards of 600 students who participated in our programming did it all while being extremely well-behaved, encouraged their classmates to give their best effort possible, and finished every course that they were presented with. Furthermore, the staff at the school was very friendly and their hospitality made us feel right at home. You made our experience at the school incredibly memorable and we thank you for that!

Kids Riding Bikes in full effect last week at William Penn!

The opportunity to deliver Kids Riding Bikes to William Penn, in addition to having a meaningful and authentic influence on thousands of IPS students each year, wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Thank you so much for everything you do for Kids Riding Bikes and Nine13sports!


Kids Riding Bikes at Indianapolis Public Schools Meredith Nicholson School 96 wraps up today after three incredibly successful and joyful days of programming. Our staff was fortunate enough to work with all of the K-6 students at the school and get them engaged on our bicycle simulators. This means that the upwards of 400 youth at the school were all educated on the countless benefits the bicycle and physical fitness offers them, connected with their respective classmates to collectively finish each course as a team, and recognized the significance of life skills such as hard work, determination, goal setting, and perseverance, among others.

This is just one of several IPS schools we’ve served over the course of the past several years in light of our partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The team at the Foundation have been game-changers in getting more kids on two wheels right here in Central Indiana. In the simplest of terms, CICF has been a leading force for good in our city and exist to make Central Indiana a better place, every day. Our partnership with them grants us the opportunity each year to fulfill the Foundation’s initiatives by working with thousands of incredible youth and creating unforgettable moments that not only the students, but our staff as well, will never forget.


Kids Riding Bikes isn’t just fun, it’s changing lives

Nine13sports : February 28, 2017 1:02 pm

On any given school day, our staff at Nine13sports sees anywhere between 150 – 350 students on our engaging and unique bicycle simulator program called Kids Riding Bikes. Our bread and butter programming promotes exercise and fitness for youth between the ages of 8 and 18, in addition to underlining the significance of essential life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, determination, resiliency, leadership, and stress management. Furthermore, our program is a great avenue to promote social bonding between students and engrosses them in a fun, hands-on activity.

All of that is incredibly substantial and the goal of this post is not to take anything away from those components of our programming; however, we believe the biggest takeaway the kids gather from our program is that our staff wholeheartedly and genuinely cares about them as individuals and wants them to live a happy and fulfilling life. That stimulus is something the kids pick up on relatively quickly from our staff and they respond with energy and a contagious spirit. Moreover, we want them to be a force for good in their community, to make a positive impact each and every day to mold our world into a better place, and to never settle for just, “good enough.” It would be easy for us to just set up our equipment, press a few buttons on the computer, and check social media or e-mail until our programming with the kids is over. However, we’re doing the exact opposite; our staff is showing the kids how exciting healthy living and physical activity can be; high-fives are being dished out to all the kids and words of encouragement are being shouted as they ride our bikes; we’re squashing the misconception that exercise is tedious and unrewarding; and, meaningful, lasting relationships with the kids and our staff are being created and those relationships are displayed every time they interact with us on the bikes.

Our staff knows that we’re just a small piece in terms of the overall development and maturation of the youth that we’re privileged to work with. We recognize that parents, teachers, and administrators, among others, all have a greater capacity to have a positive and notable impact on our youth.

We’re a small part, but at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. We understand our role and how important our presence with the kids is. Twenty minutes is typically the longest we see each student throughout the week, nonetheless, we still have the ability to change lives one pedal stroke at a time. And that’s something we remind ourselves of every single day.




Kids Riding Bikes at The Phalen Leadership Academy came to a conclusion on Friday after four successful weeks of programs! This was our first time serving the students and teachers of the charter school off of Illinois street just north of downtown Indianapolis and it surely was a school that we won’t soon forget.

One of the many fun groups we had at the Academy!

We worked with every scholar at PLA over the four week period we were at the school and savored the opportunity to get each and every one moving and active on our bicycle simulators. Not only did each of the 275 scholars show enthusiasm to ride our bikes, they also were incredibly determined, resilient, and showcased excellent teamwork skills. Many of the children stated that they couldn’t wait to get out and ride their bikes this spring. Furthermore, the physical education instructor at PLA, Mr. Pearson, put together an amazing thank you video reflecting on our time at the school and how much him and his scholars were grateful for the chance to ride our bikes. Check out the video below!

Thank you to the students and teachers at PLA for the opportunity to serve your school. It was a privilege to spend the past four Friday’s at your school and to create unforgettable memories for not only your scholars, but for our staff as well. Also, the opportunity to work with The Phalen Leadership Academy was possible because of The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. Many thanks to the Foundation and Marianne Glick for giving our organization the chance to give back to our community and allow us to have such a positive impact on so many youth right here in Indianapolis. This is just one of many Indianapolis schools we plan on delivering our Kids Riding Bikes programs to this year thanks to our partnership!


Our Kids Riding Bikes programming at Avon Middle School North comes to a close today after four successful and invaluable weeks of getting 7th & 8th grade classes engaged in our unique and innovative bicycle simulator program. We were fortunate to get 375 7th grade students and 231 8th grade students moving on our bikes during the month-long stretch that we served the school. This has been a reoccurring school site of ours since our partnership with Hendricks Regional Health came to fruition in October of 2015.

A few of the students had been on our bikes before, however, the majority of the students were not familiar with our program. The opportunity to interface with students we had worked with previously, in addition to getting new students on our bikes was a great mix for our staff. The students were all incredibly well-behaved, excited to get moving on our bikes, and never shied away from motivating their fellow classmates while riding.

This was one of the many fast groups we had at Avon Middle School North!

It was our privilege to work with the students and staff members of Avon Middle School North. The staff is always tremendously hospitable towards us from the moment we walk in the front door all the way until the last group finishes our programming. We owe the school many thanks for continuing to welcome us with open arms every time we’re in their building!

We want to thank our partner and friends at Hendricks Regional Health for the chance to enlighten these youth on all of the ways the bicycle and living a physically fit lifestyle can lead to a higher quality of life. We’re excited to continue serving the youth of Hendricks County in 2017 and symbolizing how much positivity and lifelong skills are programming is instilling in thousands of youth throughout the county!


PDF: LIDS Foundation Tip the Hat Finalists

LIDS Sports Group and LIDS Foundation to donate $300,000 total in charitable grants to top five finalists

(February 20, 2017) – The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of  LIDS Sports Group, today announces the top five finalists in this year’s 5th annual “Tip the Hat Award” grant program. The top five charities all focus on building healthy, active youth programs across the country.

Contrast to previous years, LIDS Sports Group employees will determine the ranking of the top five finalists. From Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, LIDS Sports Group will participate in an employee-only survey to help determine the order of recipients. Based on voting results, LIDS Foundation will award the following five grant amounts to finalists:

  • First place: $125,000
  • Second place: $75,000
  • Third place: $50,000
  • Fourth and fifth place: $25,000

The winning finalist will be announced and recognized at a Blue Carpet event hosted by LIDS Foundation on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The following organizations have been selected by LIDS Foundation as the 2017 “Tip the Hat Award” Finalists:

Girls on the Run International: Based in Charlotte, N.C., this non-profit’s goal is to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Over the course of a 10-week program, young girls are led by trained coaches through lessons designed to teach girls to be confident in who they are, respond to others and one selves with care and compassion, create positive connections with adults and their peers, develop strength of character, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. For more information, visit

Nine13sports: Based in Indianapolis, Ind., this non-profit promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through their Kids Riding Bikes® programs. The organization has created a unique initiative in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. For more information, visit

Our Military Kids: Based in McLean, Va., Our Military Kids focuses on the children of military moms and dads that might experience their own PTSD or stress. This non-profit helps ease the stress for military kids by paying for participation in sports, fine arts and tutoring programs. These activities have helped reduce stress, improve school performance, self-esteem and even boosted the well-being of children’s whole family. For more information, visit

Playsmart: Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., this non-profit helps undeserved students realize their academic and life potential through sports. The organization’s focuses on middle school-aged kids who would otherwise not have these opportunities. Playsmart’s team of coaches and educators are in a unique position to inspire and help fill in the gaps of this challenging age by empowering students to be engaged beyond the field or court. For more information, visit

Project Fit America: Based in Sonoma, Calif., Project Fit America is a national non-profit organization that creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. The organization creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. Its goal is to reverse the lack of fitness in youth by giving teachers the tools they need to teach children to take responsibility for their health and embrace healthy lifestyle choices with enthusiasm. For more information, visit

For more information on the LIDS Foundation, please visit For more information on LIDS Sports

Group’s stores, fan gear and sports apparel, visit

The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation.


The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., is a leading North American omni-channel sports licensed retailer comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the Internet businesses, and Operating out of Zionsville, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 1,300 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories in the latest styles and colors. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties which also operates under the Seattle Team Shop, Buckeye Corner, Tiger Mania, Sports Fan-Attic and Jersey City (Canada) nameplates. Locker Room by LIDS also has locations in Macy’s department stores throughout the United States. Most LIDS and Locker Room by LIDS stores offer custom embroidery capability that includes embroidered autographs of professional sports athletes. Additionally, the LIDS Clubhouse division operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce sites. Hat World Inc. is a subsidiary of Genesco Inc.

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Major Hospital Expands Partnership with Nine13sports

Chris Harris : February 13, 2017 1:56 pm

Nine13sports is excited to announce that Major Hospital in Shelbyville has expanded their partnership with Kids Riding Bikes in 2017 to include support for school programs and additional community events. The school programs marks the first footprint our nationally recognized Kids Riding Bikes program will have in Shelby County Schools since our partnership with the hospital commenced in 2013.

“Major Hospital has been a loyal partner of Nine13 for years and we’re excited that they’re committed to increasing the healthy and substantial impact our programming delivers to thousands of youth each year, ” said Tom Hanley, Founder & CEO of Nine13sports. “Our entire staff here at Nine13sports is looking forward to building upon our already sound relationship with the hospital and to get more kids on two wheels in Shelby County in 2017.”

This partnership will have an impact on the county in a number of ways, with the most visible being delivering our Kids Riding Bikes programs to more than youth at multiple schools for a once per week program session over the course of four weeks. The students will participate using Nine13sports stationary bicycle simulators within their physical education class during the school day. Additionally, Kids Riding Bikes will be visible at community events in partnership with Major Hospital, including the yearly “Get Healthy Here Farmers Market,” in July that we’ve been a staple at since 2014. This event is held to increase awareness about health and wellness for the citizens of Shelby County and highlights the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Our partnership will provide a unique and innovative engagement opportunities for both youth and adults.

“Nine13sports has been a terrific partner with Major Health Partners as we work to prevent, reduce, and optimally manage chronic disease,” said Denise Holland, Coordinator for Healthy Shelby County. “Bringing Kids Riding Bikes to our schools not only involves them in energetic activity, but also engages them in a physical activity that can promote their well-being for a lifetime. A family and community night during Kids Riding Bikes school programs along with Nine13sports’ presence at the “Get Healthy Here Farmers Market” engages all ages in the joy and benefits of cycling.”

About Nine13sports: Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs.  We have created a unique initiative in which we have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations.  In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit or contact

About Major Health Partners: Major Health Partners is a leading healthcare provider for patients from not only Shelby County, Indiana, but also from the southeastern part of the state. Since 1924, Major Hospital/Major Health Partners has grown to offer a wide spectrum of services, leading the region in many areas of healthcare delivery. By providing quality care through our unique combination of state-of-the-art technology, modern facilities, and personal service.  We give you you all of the advantages found at the large urban hospitals, combined with genuine personal service, and that’s the Major Difference.




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