“For me the bicycle was something I used to test limits. Long before I was racing a bike I was racing home for dinner because I had pedaled further than I told my parents I was going to. I just loved my bike so much from the first minute I was on two wheels.”
Tom founded Nine13sports in 2011 after a career as an elite-level track cyclist winning 4 national championships while attending Marian University. In the aftermath of the commercial vehicle accident that ended his cycling career, Tom decided to change the direction of his intended career path of becoming a lawyer. As the city of Indianapolis rallied around him, he made it his mission to give back to the city in the best way he knew how… using the power of the bicycle. Nine13 has grown from a one person operation serving about 1,000 kids in its first year, to an 11 person team serving over 50,000 kids annually. Tom started Nine13sports to make the lives of Central Indiana kids better and continues to lead the team making it happen.
When he isn’t working you can find Tom working out, cooking, and traveling. One of Tom’s other favorite hobbies is working with his hands designing and building things that can be useful in his work at Nine13sports as well as everyday life.
“My favorite memory on a bike is the days spent riding my purple Huffy around Paw Paw Dr. in Ohio. It was myself and 7 other kids in the neighborhood and we would build ramps, make chalk “streets” in the cul-de sac where I lived, and we would ride to the local ice cream and candy shops to spend our allowance money.”
Ashley joined the Nine13sports in 2012 as the first hire for Nine13sports. Ashley taught grades 5-12 in IPS Schools for 6 years before joining the team, and this background in education and working with schools made her an ideal fit to lead the operations side of Nine13sports. The ability to continue working with kids while expanding her professional skillset and working with friends that are passionate about making our city better is what brought Ashley to Nine13sports and are the same reasons she is still with the team to this day.
When she is not working Ashley can be found scuba diving in various locations around the world (not much scuba in the Midwest), drinking craft beer, giving tours of Sun King Brewery, or taking her dog Starbuck on therapy visits to libraries, nursing homes, or juvenile corrections facilities.
Chief Partnership & Strategy Officer
“My first bicycle was a Huffy that had a banana seat and I rode the wheels off that thing – to school, to the park around the block jumping curbs along the way. Those rides are still strongly etched in my memory and having the opportunity to help create the same for kids today is extremely fulfilling.”
Nathan’s role is to identify & cultivate relationships with the variety of funding sources that fuel the program delivery and growth of the organization. Throughout his career he has leveraged his sales, marketing & entrepreneurial skills to improve the Indianapolis community. As the founder of ActiveIndy Tours he created a city tour company that specializes in biking tours of Indianapolis and now operates as a division of Nine13sports. Prior to starting ActiveIndy, Nathan spent nearly a decade working for VisitIndy as a leader on a convention sales team that drove unprecedented levels of growth for the local hospitality industry. He served as a trusted advisor to organizations looking to hold conventions, trade shows and sporting events in Indy and also served on local organizing committees for the 2006 & 2007 USA Track & Field National Championships, the 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 working on DIY projects around the house and completing long distance endurance rides on his sport touring motorcycle.
Programs Operations Director
“My favorite memory of the bicycle is riding home from school every day. We lived right behind the school, so I would always take the long way home and explore my neighborhood. It was the highlight of my day!”
Chris joined the Nine13sports team in 2014 as a Senior Intern and has since risen to become the Program Operations Director where he oversees the Kids Riding Bikes program that serves as our foundational program and visits over a hundred schools a year. Chris’ passion for health and fitness and the fast-paced environment is what initially attracted him to the organization while the impact the organization has on thousands of kids is what keeps him excited to work for Nine13sports.
When he isn’t working Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, their two children Colin and Audrey, as well as their dog Charlie and Cat Chip. He also enjoys physical activity, writing for his blog, playing and watching sports, traveling, and tackling DIY projects at his family’s home in Plainfield, IN.
Director of Community Engagement
“My favorite memory of the bike actually came later in life. After I moved out of my parents house I bought a bike and rediscovered how much I loved riding. It reminded me what it was like to be a kid exploring my community on a bike, and I am so happy to be doing that again here in Indy.”
Aryn joined the Nine13sports team in 2017 after four years as the Merchandise Manager at Sun King Brewery. She brought her strong organizational skills to the Nine13sports team where as the Director of Community Engagement she oversees everything from events, to staff scheduling, Nine13 apparel orders, and much more. Quite simply, the kids are what brought Aryn to Nine13sports. For her there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a child’s face after succeeding at something that challenged them.
When she is not working you can find Aryn at a family gathering or hiking with her dog, both of which likely include or are immediately followed by eating pizza.
“My favorite memory on my bike is jumping a curb right after I got my training wheels off. I had been watching my two older brothers jump their bikes for as long as I could remember, and as the little brother I wanted to keep up. It went about as well as you’d expect and I wound up in the bushes in front of our house, but I knew I was hooked. I’ve been on a bike ever since.’
Nathan joined the Nine13sports team in 2016 with a background in video production and marketing having previously worked for Harley Davidson and then a local video production house. As Creative Director he oversees video production, social media, and all other forms of digital storytelling as well as media interfacing. Working for Nine13sports allows him to tell the stories created by our teams who show kids how to push themselves to discover capabilities they didn’t know they had. When working in the schools we serve, Nathan looks forward to helping kids push the limits of what they thought was possible each and every day.
When he’s away from the office you’ll find Nathan hanging out with his wife Rebecca and their two boys Oliver and Jack. He also enjoys playing music, working out, practicing jiu-jitsu with the team at Franklin Jiu-Jitsu Club, riding his motorcycle, playing and watching sports, and working in the garage with his dad on his 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe.
Field Operations Specialist
“My favorite memories of the bike are too many to count. Growing up in rural Shelby County my bike gave me the freedom to choose my own adventures and see friends even when they were miles away.”
Shawn joined the Nine13sports team in 2019 bringing a diverse set of experiences with him. Shawn has worked for the Eiteljorg Museum, managed the tasting room at Sun King Brewery, and most recently was a Registered Behavior Technician for Bierman ABA providing therapeutic services to children. This diverse set of experiences and a clear ability to adapt made him a perfect addition to the program operations team. The story of how Tom started Nine13sports what first sparked Shawn’s interest, and the ability to work with kids in such a unique environment is what made him decide the organization was a great fit for him.
When he is not working you can find Shawn doing something creative like drawing, writing music, reading, writing stories, or listening to his overly expansive record collection. Shawn also enjoys cooking for himself and his wife along seeking out and trying obscure snack foods.
Kids Building Bikes Director
“My favorite memory of the bike is the feeling of flying off the end of the ramp and launching myself into orbit. That rush of adrenaline is something you never forget – and I still love to jump stuff.”
Matty joined the team in early 2019 with a list of experiences that could fill a book. From furniture design to merchandising, custom paint to interior design and architecture, racing bikes professionally and working in bike shops to building fully custom WWI era replica motorcycles under the National Moto name Matty has gone wherever passion has led him in life. This unending passion and the wealth of mechanical and custom fabrication knowledge made him an ideal fit to lead Nine13sports’ Kids Building Bikes team. The thing that drew Matty to Nine13sports was the fulfillment of imparting the knowledge he has acquired on others, and the opportunity to light the same spark for central Indiana kids that his Grandfather Bertie and father lit for him as child in his custom furniture workshop. For Matty, it isn’t just about teaching kids how things work, but also why they work.
When Matty isn’t working you can find him skateboarding, working on vintage motorcycles, collecting a wide array of historical memorabilia, doing something creative like painting, or participating in any form of racing he can.