For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom Hanley
Indianapolis, IN ─ April 13, 2015 ─ Fast-growing youth fitness nonprofit Nine13sports has announced it will be relocating its corporate offices this summer into Indianapolis Public Schools’ Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School. This newest development in corporate infrastructure offers many benefits including a sizable increase in office space and an established location embedded in a school setting. These changes will support the nonprofit’s planned expansion of its programs to benefit the entire school district. Due to Nine13sports growth at the state and national level, this relocation will also ensure that Nine13sports has the capacity for continued growth and capacity for additional employees in the future to serve Central Indiana.
“Shortridge is transitioning to the International Baccalaureate High School and will serve as a Butler Lab school where continued teacher training and professional development will occur,” said Principal Shane O’Day. “It’s our vision that Nine13sports will continue to lead by example through their continued service and programming for the students of IPS. By serving as a role model for entrepreneurship and community engagement, our students will be exposed to the crossroads of business incubation, social responsibility and transformational leadership. We could not be more excited for this partnership and the opportunities it will create for all of our students.”
The new on-site office space provides Nine13sports with its first-time opportunity to create a fixed installation set of their bicycle simulators. The permanent equipment setup will support the expanded physical activity programs planned for students of that school as well as for the overall district use of the Nine13sports programs which use the Shortridge facilities.
“We anticipate hiring 8 new full time employees in 2015 with even more on our radar in 2016 to meet continued demand for our services,” said Nine13sports Executive Director Tom Hanley. “Not only will our office at Shortridge support Central Indiana operations, it will be the Nine13sports National Headquarters to support the expansion of our Kids Riding Bikes programs into new cities across the United States.”
Hanley added, “We’ve diligently been working with both corporate partners and foundations to secure the $25,000 funding needed for the on-site equipment capital expansion and to ensure the equipment will be in place when the 2015-2016 school year begins.”
Ashley Acuff, Director of Program Curriculum for Nine13sports, said, “In addition to the expanded physical fitness opportunities the school will have with our on-site presence, we will be working to closely align our internship opportunities for juniors and seniors at the school who want to be engaged with our community programs and the education aspects behind them.”
Nine13sports has called the Speak Easy in South Broad Ripple their home for the last two years. The dynamic collaborative work space of the Speak Easy has outfitted the nonprofit with the many resources and relationships it needed to grow from an idea and vision into an organization that provided over 20,000 youth interactions in 2014. The nonprofit is now excited to experience the new resources, relationships and opportunities forged in this next phase of corporate growth and success.
Nine13sports is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 8 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 for one another designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit www.nine13sports.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.