VERMONT — Little Bellas, a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling, is gearing up for another season of empowerment on two wheels: The Vermont-based nonprofit, which runs programs for girls nationwide, opened registration for summer and fall 2017 programs on Feb. 1. Registration comes as Little Bellas prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Programming will be available in 12 states in 2017, and registration is now open for all locations and programs: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin. The program expanded from 8 states in 2016. Depending on location, camps range from weekly clinics to overnight camps for female riders between the ages of 7 and 16.
Founded in Vermont by sisters and professional mountain bikers Lea and Sabra Davison, Little Bellas started small — just 15 girls in a field in Vermont. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,000 girls have been on bikes to date. This year promises to be the program’s largest yet, with an expected 700 girls in programs nationwide assisted by 240 female mountain biking mentors.
“We’re so excited to be bringing the Little Bellas program to even more girls this year,” said executive director Sabra Davison. “Over the last 10 years we’ve seen how learning to ride, and working with mentors and other girls, can change girls’ lives. We can’t wait to get back on the bikes this spring.”
Their goal for Little Bellas is to teach girls goal-setting and healthy lifestyle choices, while also empowering girls and women to cultivate confidence and community.
For more information about Little Bellas and registration, visit littlebellas.com. For press inquiries, contact Katie Flagg at firstname.lastname@example.org.