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

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.

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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 girlsontherun.com.

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 nine13sports.org.

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 ourmilitartkids.com.

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 playsmart.org.

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 projectfitamerica.org.

For more information on the LIDS Foundation, please visit www.lidsfoundation.org. For more information on LIDS Sports

Group’s stores, fan gear and sports apparel, visit www.lids.com.

ABOUT LIDS FOUNDATION
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.

ABOUT LIDS SPORTS GROUP

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 www.lids.com, and www.lids.ca. 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 www.nine13sports.org or contact info@nine13sports.org.

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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December 15, 2016                                                                              
For Immediate Release
Nathan Wilson
Communications Director
nwilson@nine13sports.org

PDF:SRJHS Press Release

Indianapolis – Nine13sports and South Ripley Junior High School(SRJHS) have announced a partnership with Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS), the Versailles McDonald’s location, Hillenbrand and Friendship State Bank to pilot a new STEM curriculum program in January 2017.

This partnership will allow SRJHS students to participate in Nine13sports’ unique bicycle programming and learn the engineering, math, science, health and transportation benefits of the bicycle.This STEM-­based program will also allow students to learn about the computer program Nine13sports uses during its regular programming.

“This new STEM-­‐based offering will supplement what we do at Nine13 and create opportunities to teach students about motion, energy, gear ratios, human movement and much more,” Tom Hanley, CEO of Nine13sports said. “Most importantly, it will highlight what a beautiful machine the bicycle is and how it can be a resource beyond basic fitness.”

This partnership will mark the first time that Nine13sports has taken its programming to Ripley County. It also marks the first expansion outside of Central Indiana for the Indianapolis-­‐based organization with teams in Central Indiana; Portland, Oregon; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“We are thrilled that SRJHS students will have this wonderful opportunity to pilot the new Nine13sports STEM curriculum,” Cheryll Obendorf, executive director of GPS said. “The program’s elements that blend biology, health and physical education will allow students to put scientific concepts into practice by identifying and tracking the physiological changes in their body while exercising. Seeing principles learned in the classroom applied to their everyday lives will help students better understand why what they’re learning is important.”

The pilot program will focus on grades 6-­8 and will include a multiple-­interaction set of programming where each participating student will be seen eight times. Nine13sports expects this added facet of programming to expanding late 2017.

“Given the interest and demand, this STEM program expansion is imperative to better serve students and schools across Indiana,” Hanley said. “That said, we are extremely excited to kick off this program expansion with the students of South Ripley Junior High School. It’s a perfect fit.”

 

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.

About Genesis: Pathways to Success: Genesis: Pathways to Success is an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation dedicated to empowering students to succeed in STEM by developing programs in areas such as engineering, agriculture, health science and technology, and by supporting events that encourage students to apply curious minds and critical thinking skills to real-world opportunities. Genesis generates ongoing and meaningful dialog and collaboration to prepare a talent pipeline for a globally dynamic marketplace. For additional information, please visit www.genesisp2s.org or contact cobendorf@genesisp2s.org

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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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