Meet Nathan Smurdon, Our Newest Staff Member

Nine13sports : December 13, 2016 10:29 am

Nathan serves as the Nine13 Business Development Director working with our sponsor partners that contribute to help us achieve our goal of putting more kids on bikes.  Throughout his career he has leveraged his sales, marketing, entrepreneurial and programming skills to improve the Indianapolis community

Nathan is the founder of ActiveIndy Tours – a city tour company that specializes in biking, running & walking tours of Indianapolis.  He has a passion for leading a team of guides that excel in educating guests of all ages about all the cool places and spaces around downtown Indianapolis.  ActiveIndy Tours continues to be the only company offering daily bicycle tours of the city and also conducts private customized tours serving as wellness and team building outings for corporate groups.

Prior to starting ActiveIndy, Nathan spent nearly a decade working for VisitIndy as a leader on the convention sales team that drove unprecedented levels of growth in the local hospitality industry.  He became a trusted advisor to organizations looking to hold conventions, trade shows & sporting events in Indy by working to understand the unique aspects of their event and match them with local businesses that could help them exceed their goals.  Along the way he served on local organizing committees for the 2006 & 2007 USA Track & Field National Championships, 2006 NCAA Final Four and the 2012 NFL Super Bowl.

Nathan is a graduate of Butler University where he earned his BS in Chemistry and an MBA in Marketing & Leadership.  While there he was also a student-athlete running on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams.  He hails from Valparaiso, Indiana and currently resides in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Melissa and daughter Kendall.  In his free time he enjoys serving as a national level NCAA track & field official, working on DIY projects around the house and completing long distance endurance rides on his sport touring motorcycle. 

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Nine13sports Letter of Review: Paul Trammel

Nine13sports : December 1, 2016 11:58 am

Nine13sports came in, took over, and crushed it! Nine13sports identified something that the kids love to do and use it to promote fitness for a lifetime! The kids loved the cool bikes and the video board was just perfect!

I appreciated that they jumped at the chance to come in a visit our school. Communication over scheduling and expectations was quick, clear, and efficient. I found them to be very nice and easy to work with.

Nine13sports comes in and asks for nothing but a lesson that will allow 8 students to be at their station for 5-10 minutes. The station is set up and ran completely by the great team they have. Nine13 explain everything and get the kids going quickly. The simplicity of the activity and video game aspect allows kids of all ages to enjoy this program. The kids had a blast and so did I!

This program is great for the kids and I would recommend Nine13sports to any school looking for something relevant and fun for the kids to learn a fitness activity they could participate in for a lifetime.

 

Paul Trammel

Physical Education Teacher

Brownsburg Schools

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Teacher Letter: Brentwood Elementary

Nine13sports : November 30, 2016 9:41 am

November 16, 2016

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Dear Nine13sports Team,

Thank you so much for coming to Brentwood Elementary School.  Our students really enjoyed their experience riding bikes during physical education class last week.  I am always looking for activities that our students enjoy and encourage lifelong physical activity.  Your program is an excellent example of demonstrating a lifelong activity. 

I like using a station approach while teaching to give students opportunity to participate in many different activities during a single class session.  The Nine13sports bikes fit into the idea of encouraging students to be active 60 minutes every day, as well as, into our routine of physical education class.  The students liked cheering on their classmates to finish each segment.  Although your program does not urge students to be competitive, my students loved to see who finished first on the video screen.  My favorite part of the program was the simulation of really riding bikes.  The bikes added tension going up hills and released tension going down the hills to give students a “real life” experience.

Your team is fantastic!  Each team member was friendly and professional.  You arrived on time, set up, and gave student instructions in a quick efficient manner.  Your directions were easily understood and not too complicated for brief class sessions.  You praised each of our students, gave high fives, assisted our special needs and/or struggling students.  All students had a positive experience. 

I highly recommend Nine13Sports to any school or organization.  Their staff gave our students an amazing and meaningful experience on bikes!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Madalin Eakes

Physical Education Teacher

Brentwood Elementary School

 

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INDIANAPOLISNovember 15, 2016 ─ Indianapolis home builder Arbor Homes and Nine13sports have extended their partnership for a third year to bring the nationally recognized Kids Riding Bikes programs to schools across Central Indiana. 

During the past two years of the partnership, Nine13sports has delivered their interactive and unique bicycle simulator programming to more than 2,000 youth in Washington and Pike Township as part of their physical education classes. The third year of the partnership will include the youth health and fitness nonprofit focusing on bringing programs to new schools and districts throughout Central Indiana, including Warren Township. 

“Kids Riding Bikes has created more than 7,000 positive youth interactions in Washington and Pike Townships since late 2014 thanks to the astounding leadership and philanthropic support of Arbor Homes,” said Tom Hanley, Founder & CEO of Nine13sports. “We’re incredibly fortunate that they’ve once again extended their generosity to help us get more youth on two wheels and to recognize the importance of living a healthy and physically active lifestyle.” 

Nine13sports anticipates it’s number of youth interactions to quadruple in 2017 to upwards of 30,000 from the 7,500 it has delivered since the nonprofit’s launch in 2012. Funding has been generated through corporate partners and foundations and all services have been provided at no costs to schools and districts. 

“Nine13sports has continued to reach for new heights and deliver engaging and stimulating programs to students and schools unlike any other,” said Curtis Rector, president of Arbor Homes. “We’re privileged to extend our corporate support and to continue building on the everlasting and tangible impact they’re making to youth across the Central Indian region.” 

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 www.nine13sports.org or contact info@nine13sports.org.

 

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Kids Riding Bikes® is wrapping up an exciting and productive week of programming this week at Brentwood Elementary School powered by Hendricks Regional Health! This is the second school in the Plainfield Community School Corporation that we’ve served as we delivered our programming to students at Van Buren Elementary School two weeks ago. The youth at Brentwood, similar to the students at Van Buren and essentially all of the schools that we bring our bikes to, were beyond thrilled to get a chance to participate in our one-of-a-kind bicycle simulator program. We had the chance to work with all of the students (upwards of 450 enrolled) and that always makes us happy!

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A big thank you to the Superintendent for stopping by and showing your students how significant living a physically active lifestyle is.

In addition to engaging on our bicycle simulators, the students perceived just how many advantages and benefits the bicycle can offer them, such as being a legitimate method of transportation, an activity that they’ll be able to do for the rest of their life, and being able to explore and really get to know the area around them. And, living in Plainfield, which has over 20 miles of pathways in their trail system, is without question a textbook location if you are wanting to explore your surroundings on two wheels.

One of our special moments of the week was when the Superintendent of Plainfield Schools, Mr. Scott Olinger, jumped on a bike and was pushed to the limit by an extremely competitive Kindergarten student. It’s always heartwarming for our staff to see administrators and students work together as a team all while improving their overall health and well-being. 

Thank you to Hendricks Regional Health for giving us another opportunity to make a positive and long-lasting impact on the youth of Hendricks County! We’re proud to partner with a health care provider that’s so committed to being a force for good in the community and improving the quality of life of its residents. 

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Nine13sports is thrilled to announce that our Founder and CEO, Tom Hanley, was the recipient of the Best and Brightest Award in the Education & Nonprofit Division at last night’s Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s annual Best and Brightest event. Indy’s Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. The event honors 100 of Central Indiana’s most outstanding professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries.

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After being a finalist last year in the Education & Nonprofit Division, Hanley was recognized for his tireless and diligent work that he’s carried out over the past four years as the face of the growing and thriving nonprofit organization. “I’m incredibly honored, humbled, and proud to be the Best and Brightest award recipient in the Education & Nonprofit Industry,” said Hanley. “The countless hours of work of not only myself, but of my staff, has made notable awards such as this achievable. I share this honor and recognition with them and congratulate my fellow nominees on a job well done.” 

Since launching Nine13sports in 2012, the youth health and fitness nonprofit has grown substantially both locally and nationally. After delivering 7,500 youth interactions across Central Indiana in 2012, Nine13sports is anticipating that number to quadruple this year with upwards of 30,000 youth interactions. Further, Nine13sports expanded into Portland in May of 2015 and will begin operations in Minneapolis in January of 2017. 

From all of us here at Nine13sports, we want to congratulate Tom and all of the Best and Brightest winners & nominees for this professional accomplishment and all that you’ve done and will continue to do to make Indianapolis a better place for all! 

 

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Today, Kids Riding Bikes® is off and biking at Guion Creek Middle School in Pike Township built by Arbor Homes. We’ve been delivering our renowned bicycle program to the school for the past two Wednesdays and will wrap up our 4-week programming next week. We’ve had a presence in Pike Township Schools since 2014 and we couldn’t be thrilled to continue to build on our growing and thriving relationship with the administration and students. 

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These are just eight of the upward of 175 youth that have worked to improve their health and wellness on our bikes!

We’ve been working with the 6th grade class at Guion Creek to help them understand and recognize the numerous benefits the bicycle can bring them. From improving their self-esteem to demonstrating how convenient the bicycle is for transportation, and everything in between, the intrinsic rewards of bicycling are on full display to the students at Guion Creek. Further, we reveled in the chance to engage all of the students and give them a unified and collective goal of completing each course. Success and triumph is sweet, however, it’s even sweeter when you know you’ve worked as a team and encouraged your fellow classmate to conquer each course. 

The opportunity to deliver our programming to the students at Guion Creek is a direct correlation to our partnership with Arbor Homes and the philanthropic vision and leadership they embody. You’ve been a proud supporter of Kids Riding Bikes for the past several years and this has allowed us to get thousands of kids in Pike Township and all across Central Indiana on two wheels. For that, we thank you deeply. 

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Kids Riding Bikes was busy and active last week as we served upwards of 600 youth at Clark Elementary School in Franklin powered by the LIDS Foundation. This was our first time delivering our innovative and engaging cycling program to the students of Clark and community of Franklin and it was an unquestionably rewarding week working with their youth and administrators. Our staff had the privilege of working with the Kindergarten class all the way up to the 5th grade and, best of all, each and every student had the opportunity to ride our bicycle simulators. 

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Not sure there is a gymnasium we have fallen in love with more than this historic gymnasium in Franklin.

As well as getting the youth on our bikes all week during their gym class, our staff stuck around on Friday night to get more kids and the community riding during the schools annual Fall Festival. This event gave us the chance to get the same students on our bikes, in addition to their family and friends! It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm the students had to ride again and to educate their families on all of the components of our programming and the positive impact and lasting influence it’s having on today’s youth. 

Thanks to support from the LIDS Foundation for making this program site possible with their generous support through their 2016 Tip the Hat grant. Your commitment to advancing and improving the health and wellness of our youth is seen every day by our staff one pedal stroke at a time. 

 

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Nine13sports Needs Your Help in November

Nine13sports : November 1, 2016 9:52 am

Nine13sports Supporters,

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your support will help make more of these moments possible

Remember the joy of riding a bicycle? The feeling of freedom as you hopped on for the first time? Those moments are what we attempt to create for thousands of students every year in your community with our school based youth programming. In front of us is a unique opportunity to create even more of those moments, and get more Kids Riding Bikes.

We need your help to make it happen.

We’ve teamed up with Chris Baggott of Tyner Pond Farm and Clustertruck for a November challenge: Every dollar we raise in the month of November will be matched up to $5,000.

This is important for one key (and awesome) reason, we need to buy additional equipment that will allow us to serve additional students as we get into 2017.

Here is how that breaks down: We know that the total hard cost for this equipment is $10,000. The money raised through this campaign isn’t going towards overhead or operations, but directly into the physical equipment that the students interface with. By raising $5,000 and having that matched by the generous folks over at Tyner Pond Farm and Clustertruck we will achieve our goal, and have additional equipment that will serve our programs for years to come.

We don’t often do public campaigns. However, due to the ability to match these dollars we’re asking you to consider getting a jump start on your year-end giving and make a contribution today. This is a dollar for dollar match, effectively doubling any amount you’re able to give.

This will help us wrap up an already spectacular year that has seen us serve more than 8,000 youth, serve 40 schools and youth organizations, partner with events like the Special Olympics, and more. Please help us end this year on a high note and be in the best position to serve even more youth in 2017.

Sincerely,

Tom Hanley
CEO and Founder

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We’re wrapping up our first week of Kids Riding Bikes® programming in the Plainfield Community School Corporation today and what a productive and exciting week it has been. We’ve had the chance to get upwards of 550 youth moving and engaged during our unique and innovative bicycling program. 

In addition to getting the youth of Van Buren Elementary School moving on two wheels, our staff worked with them to recognize the importance of teamwork, resiliency, bicycle safety, and having a positive and uplifting attitude. Moreover, many of the students expressed they utilized our favorite form of transportation regularly, if not daily, and that bicycle riding was fun and exciting. 

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Although this is our first time serving Plainfield Schools, it’s not our first time in Hendricks County. We’ve previously delivered our Kids Riding Bikes programming to the Avon and Brownsburg school districts in late 2015 and early 2016. We’ll be back serving Plainfield Schools in two weeks at Brentwood Elementary School. Our presence in Hendricks County is directly attributed to our partnership with Hendricks Regional Health and their unwavering commitment to making a lasting and positive impact on the community that they serve. 

If you happened to miss it we announced that our partnership with HRH is extending in 2017 to serve even more schools and students. Here’s the press release from yesterday for more features and details on our partnership and how HRH is playing a fundamental role in our continued growth and development.

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