The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC) is pleased to announce the transfer of its youth program to Verde Valley Wheel Fun (FUN) effective January 8, 2020. The VVCC’s all-volunteer youth program currently operates eight after-school mountain bike clubs serving 90+ students each semester at the following public elementary schools:
• Beaver Creek Elementary (K-6)
• Camp Verde Elementary (K-6)
• Oak Creek Elementary (K-8) – 2 clubs in operation
• Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary (K-8)
• Mountain View Academy (K-8)
• Cottonwood Community (K-8)
• West Sedona Elementary (K-6)
Additionally, the youth program awards new mountain bikes each spring to students who must exceed school standards for conduct, attendance and citizenship; provides an annual grant to the local National Interscholastic Cycling Team and distributes kids helmets at the annual Sedona Celebration of Spring.
“With the Youth Program growing as fast as it is - we're adding our 9th club this spring at Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School - and taking up over 70% of the VVCC's budget, the VVCC board had the wisdom to recognize that it was time that the program became independent” said Marty Glinsky, VVCC President.
“FUN’s three founders created the VVCC’s Youth Program, run its day-to-day operations and raised all the funds for the program” said Rich Leever, FUN President. We’re forever grateful to the VVCC for providing the infrastructure for the Youth Program to begin with an idea in November 2017 and grow to what it is today” Leever added.
There is no charge for students and schools participating in FUN’s programs.
As part of the transfer agreement, the VVCC agreed to provide back office support through April 8, 2020 as FUN develops its own internal back office capabilities.
About FUN. Verde Valley Wheel Fun is an all-volunteer Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization providing mountain bicycling opportunities for all Verde Valley youth, regardless of skill level. FUN empowers students through mountain bicycles, fostering values on and off the bike that prepare students for their future. Donations to FUN qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.