Blue River Community Foundation brings Kids Building Bikes to Shelby County

Indianapolis, IN – March 6, 2019 – Nine13sports and the Blue River Community Foundation have announced a new partnership that will bring Nine13’s innovative Kids Building Bikes program to Shelby County in Spring of 2019. The funding for this partnership is being provided by the Ming’s Fund For Health Through Cycling with the Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and the local Girls Inc. chapters serving as host sites for Kids Building Bikes’ first ever activation within the county.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to bring Kids Building Bikes into Shelby County” said Nine13sports Chief Partnerships and Strategy Officer Nathan Smurdon. “Although we are based in Indianapolis, we designed this program to be mobile which allows us to take it to community centers across central Indiana where kids are already spending time. Being able to partner with the Blue River Community Foundation to serve youth in Shelby County is a perfect example for how we are able to maximize the reach and impact of the Kids Building Bikes program.”

Kids Building Bikes powered by Blue River Community Foundation will take 16 local youth through 16 hours of hands on class time with all training being conducted in the Kids Building Bikes 48’ mobile bike shop trailer. Over a 4 week period students will learn the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair, rider safety skills and how to build a bike from start to finish. Upon completion of the program and its’ requirements, participants will unbox and build a brand-new Giant mountain bike as part of their final session. Once it is built and approved by Kids Building Bikes staff participants will get to keep that brand-new bicycle and will also receive a new helmet and lock.

“This partnership really is an ideal fit and we can’t wait to get things started,” said Blue River Foundation Program Officer Jennifer Jones. “This is such a unique opportunity for the kids in the area and creates an even larger next generation of riders that will be able to utilize the bicycling infrastructure that has become such an important part of the fabric of our community. It also offers so much more than just a chance to earn a bike. Getting kids working with tools and teaching the proper and safe way to use those tools has the potential to make a positive long-term workforce development impact. Kids will have a chance to learn problem solving, challenge themselves to do new things, and so much more. We are really enthusiastic about this initial partnership with Nine13sports and look forward to working with them for years to come.”

The Kids Building Bikes powered by Blue River Community Foundation team will launch in April of this year. For more information, please email Nine13sports Communications Director Nathan Wilson at nwilson@nine13sports.org.