Two Super-Cool Programs for El Tour Youth

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The University of Arizona Medical Center El Tour de Tucson is the hub of activity for two excellent programs for youth: The Jr. El Tour Youth Cycling Program helps kids get fit, and Tu Nidito’s Ride For a Child Jr. helps kids give to kids.

The Jr. El Tour Youth Cycling Program has a few spots left on the 2012 team of girls and boys, ages 10 – 13, who are interested in cycling and improving their health. Priority will be given to children who are in need, overweight, under active, or at risk for health problems. Training sessions are 3x/week for the first 12 weeks, culminating in riding El Tour’s 40-mile event. All equipment is provided (including bikes), which the children may earn in the three month follow-up program. Jr. El Tour is a nonprofit program of Perimeter Bicycling offered by Pyramid Coaching International and ProActive Physical Therapy and supported by grants and donations. Participation is free to those accepted into the program. For more information, email Cyndi Wallace, or call (520) 490-5979.
Act quick: Classes start August 21.

Launching this year, Tu Nidito’s Ride for a Child Jr. is open to cyclists 14 and under who are riding one of the 10, 4, or ¼ mile El Tour Fun Rides. Like cyclists in the traditional Ride for a Child program, Jr. Cyclists are paired with Tu Nidito children to ride for.  Jr. Cyclists pledge to raise $250 or more for Tu Nidito and receive free entry into the Fun Ride, a Ride for a Child Jr. t-shirt, and a group ride and cycling safety workshop the weekend before El Tour.

Ten-year-old Aubrey is riding El Tour and she has pledged to raise $250 for Tu Nidito as part of her ride. “A lot of children in the world want to give but they don’t know how to start or what to do,” says Aubrey. Recognizing the need to connect kids with ways to give, Tu Nidito Children & Family Services – a local nonprofit that supports seriously ill and grieving children – has developed a mutually beneficial program for young philanthropists and for the children served by the agency.

“So often, I think the gifts that kids have to offer are overlooked,” says Liz McCusker, executive director of Tu Nidito. “Tu Nidito is all about children – those we serve, but also those we don’t – and Ride for a Child Jr. is a way to expose young people to charity and to giving to those less fortunate.”

If you would like to learn more about Ride for a Child Jr. or want to register, email Jessica, or call Tu Nidito at (520) 322-9155.

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