Collaboration will Fund Programs in Los Angeles Unified School District
The NASCAR Foundation and All Kids Bike announced a partnership valued at a quarter of a million dollars that will bring Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride programs to 50 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The programs will be used to help promote cycling, foster overall health, and give the children in these programs the chance to “experience the joy of two wheels”. All 50 schools will receive a fleet of 24 Strider Balance Bikes, pedal-conversion kits, helmets, a teacher instruction bike, and an eight-lesson curriculum, created for children to learn to ride bikes.
“The NASCAR Foundation is excited to collaborate for the first time with All Kids Bike,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman, Mike Helton. “Joining forces with programs that have core values similar with our own is invaluable. The Los Angeles market is home to many passionate NASCAR fans and a huge part of our greater racing community. It will be an incredible opportunity to give back and show our commitment to this area.”
“We’re excited about this partnership with The NASCAR Foundation” said All Kids Bike Founder & Board Member, Ryan McFarland, “Both organizations seek to improve the lives of children by increasing their health, but there’s the added bonus here of accomplishing that goal by introducing a child to their first vehicle, a bicycle. And as seen time and again, that first vehicle becomes much more than just a bicycle in the imagination of a child, often becoming a fire truck, an airplane, or quite often, a racecar! It seems so fitting for us to make this announcement with a speedway as the backdrop.”
All Kids Bike is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation with a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class. Their Kindergarten PE Program aims to develop spatial awareness, promote confidence, along with mobility, safety, and environmental awareness in young children through learning the skills to ride a bike. All Kids Bike has already touched the lives of students in over 450 different schools across the United States. Through its collaboration with The NASCAR Foundation, the program will now have the opportunity to touch 60,000 young lives, all located in the LA Unified School District.
“We are grateful for the partnership of The NASCAR Foundation and All Kids Bike for their generous donation of bicycles, curriculum and other items to help teach our youngest learners the value of staying active and having a healthy mind and body,” Los Angeles Unified Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said. “School and community partnerships are essential to student success and family engagement.”
“The NASCAR Foundation’s donation to All Kids Bike is helping thousands of Los Angeles students get physically fit, become mentally strong, and build confidence in life,” Los Angeles Unified Chief Academic Officer Alison Yoshimoto-Towery said. “With the 2028 Olympics coming to Los Angeles, I’d like to see every Kindergartener learn to ride a bicycle through the amazing All Kids Bike program to foster community and global citizenry.”
The partnership between the two entities was officially announced at a press conference on Friday, February 4th at the LA Memorial Coliseum, only two days before the rubber meets the road at the first ever “Clash at the Coliseum”. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director, Nichole Krieger, All Kids Bike Founder & Board Member, Ryan McFarland, Los Angeles Unified School District Chief Academic Officer, Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, and NASCAR Cup Series Driver, Ross Chastain, all participated in the announcement. Further activities on Friday included a bike delivery and demonstration at John W. Mack Elementary School, along with a giveaway for students to receive tickets for Saturday’s Clash at the Coliseum qualifying day.