Little Bellas, a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling, has hired Elisabeth Van Woert for the role of Program Support Coordinator. Van Woert’s addition to the team comes as Little Bellas expands its geographic reach throughout the U.S.
Founded by professional cyclists and sisters Lea and Sabra Davison, Little Bellas empowers girls through the sport of mountain biking, emphasizing the importance of goal-setting, promoting healthy lifestyles and recognizing the effects of strong female bonds. The network that fuels Little Bellas programs includes 147 volunteer mentors and 13 mentor leads who provide essential regional leadership. In her new role, Van Woert will support this tribe of volunteers as Little Bellas builds on established programs and launches new ones throughout the country.
“Through Little Bellas, we’ve helped girls connect to the natural world and build confidence through the sport of mountain biking,” said Sabra Davison. “I’m incredibly excited and honored to grow our team and bring girls’ mountain biking to more communities throughout the country.”
Little Bellas already operates rides, camps, and other events in Vermont, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts and Minnesota. This year, the program launched ten new programs, including first-time programs in Utah and Pennsylvania. To date, Little Bellas has served more than 2,000 young female riders between the ages of 7 and 15.
With this growth in the works, Van Woert joins Little Bellas at an important ramping-up moment. She brings to her position a deep background in coaching and mentoring, including nearly a decade of collegiate women’s soccer coaching and experience launching youth sports development programs.