Star City Cycling is a 100% volunteer organization offering recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18. We believe that mountain biking is one of the most effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage a love for the outdoors, and teach kids important lessons in self-reliance, determination and sportsmanship. Through the sport of mountain biking, we are working to create opportunities for kids from different backgrounds to share a common experience and develop lasting friendships that will ultimately enhance their ability to function in a diverse society.
Participation in youth sports is on the decline across all income levels nationwide, and this trend is especially pronounced among kids from low-income families. Increasing costs driven by the privatization of many youth sports organizations is the primary reason for this disparity. We don't believe that deserving kids should miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits and the valuable life lessons inherent in the youth sports experience. Our scholarship program is a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia that allows members of the club to join our team at no cost. We provide everything these kids need to particapte fully in our programs, including bikes, equipment, uniforms, race entry fees, travel expenses and much more.
While the program is only designed to benefit a small number of children each year, our intention is to have a life-changing impact on the kids we do serve. Our goals for these children go far beyond cycling. We hold them accountable and provide an incentive to do well in school in spite of any negative social pressure. We provide them with opportunities to challenge themselves, to overcome obstacles, and to discover that they are stronger and more capable than they ever imagined. The confidence they gain will carry over to every other aspect of their lives. We broaden their horizons and their aspirations by exposing them to people, places, and experiences outside of their usual surroundings. We provide them with valuable lessons in determination, sportsmanship and teamwork that are an integral part of the youth sports experience. Ultimately, we hope to prepare these young people to achieve a brighter future than their current circumstances would typically indicate.
We wouldn't be able to do this without the generosity of people like you who believe in the power of youth sports to change lives. As an all volunteer organization, we are able to invest 100% of every donation we receive directly into our programs. Your contribution can make a lasting impact on a deserving child.