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Sacaton Middle School named a Riding for Focus grant recipient


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  • Cherryl Paul/ Sacaton Elementary School District

Photo From Riding For Focus Video Courtesy Riding For Focus

Sacaton Middle School  has been selected as a grant recipient of the Specialized Foundation’s Riding for Focus program for the 2018-2019 school year.

Riding for Focus is a nationally recognized program designed to introduce middle school students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and social success.

Video: Riding for Focus School Cycling Program

The curriculum was developed based on studies conducted by a third-party research organization that investigated the impact of cycling on middle school students.

Students that follow the curriculum have seen improvements in their standardized test scores, and the increased physical activity helps to establish life-long habits for exercise, fitness, and wellness.

The program has been found to be an inclusive experience for all students, across all ethnographic, demographic, and geographic factors, and is flexible to deploy in all types of schools with class sizes from ten to fifty.

As part of a national selection, Sacaton Middle School was selected as one of the top candidates and will be implementing the program this Fall.

As a recipient of this year’s grant, we will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program.

Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this Fall.

With the addition of our school, we will join The Specialized Foundation family which reaches more than 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. The program integrates cycling into the physical education curriculum as a means to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“With the help from our generous donors and the increased number of outstanding school applications, we are proud to announce that for the 2018-2019 school year we nearly doubled our total number of partner schools,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “We’re elated to see continued growth and success in the program, and we look forward to welcoming this year’s grant recipients into The Specialized Foundation family. Together we’ll work closely to improve students’ lives through cycling.”

The Specialized Foundation was established in 2015 with the intention of introducing students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health and well-being, with a focus on students with learning differences like ADHD.

In the months ahead, selected recipients will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program this fall. Additionally, school champions will be attending an in-person training session hosted by The Specialized Foundation staff to ensure success as new schools integrate the program into their classrooms this Fall.

We look forward to working closely with the Specialized Foundation team and helping our students achieve academic, health, and social success through cycling.

To learn more, please sign-up for The Specialized Foundation Blog, and follow The Specialized Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the conversation. #RidingForFocus.

Grant recipients in Arizona include: