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Congrats to Kelly on his first-place singlespeed finish in the Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge! Read about Kelly's race on his blog.
We're getting ready to kickoff our biggest fundraiser to date! Check it out and spread the word... especially to your employer or friends who own businesses!
Trips for Kids Triangle and Grassroots Bikes were featured in a recent article in The Durham-Herald Sun!
Check out the blog post & pictures from one of our BOD Members, Vanessa, and her husband, Team TFKT Superstar Kelly!
Meet Ben Yanni:
At the ripe old age of 13, Ben began his indentured servitude to his
local bike shop (Alphalo Bikes) in Wallingford, CT. He tells us that
he has a love affair with bikes, but we have a different version.
Getting dropped off at a bike shop when you are 13 means that you were
a pain to your parents…which means he’s gonna fit right in with the
He spent his high days racing mountain bikes in the NORBA circuit and
quickly ascended the ranks to an expert level racer…which ain’t too
shabby for a high school kid! His racing days slowed when he attended
college at Trinity in Hartford, CT, but the bike was never far from
mind. He continued his shop servitude at North Haven Bicycle Center and
gained sponsorship for a cross country ride. In 2010, he and a buddy hopped
on a bike in St.Augustine, Florida and did not stop until they arrived
in San Diego, CA…
(except to sleep, eat, and rest)
Ben has always been handy with tools, and he honed those skills when
he attended the Marine Systems Technical Institute at the
Kennebunkport Landing School in Maine. His degrees are impressive,
from being a certified mechanic to a licensed Coast Guard Capitan…In
actuality, there are few things that Ben can’t fix.
When he is not at Grassroots Bikes, you can often find him out jogging
in the Northgate Park area with his partner, and Northern High School
teacher Kyla, and his two pups, Jack & Lily.
Ben loves bikes…Ben works on all kinds of bikes. Road, Mountain, Tri,
Tandem, Folding, Electric, You name it. Swing by with your ride and
let him get to know you!
It hit me the other day while writing a post for the Grassroots Bikes page that our little bike shop doesn't just sell bikes...We sell Community Impact Machines.
Why? Well consider this...The proceeds that Grassroots Bikes gains from the sale of any and every item in the shop is used to support the Trips For Kids-Triangle program. The TFKT program, as you well know, is one of the most effective programs currently used in our schools. Kids that participate on a regular basis show marked improvements in their grades, attitudes and attendance. In essence, the TFKT rides are important enough to the kids that they are willing to make the sacrifice to do whatever it takes to earn their spot. Now let's apply that to the bigger picture...
Kids that are engaged and holding themselves accountable are on track to have a better educational experience. Ideally graduating from high school and moving on into the new phase of their life; be it additional education/training or the workforce. These are the folks that help make communities thrive. By having programs such as TFKT reach our kids, we are also investing in our community.
That's why we don't sell bikes at Grassroots. We sell Community Impact Machines. Swing by and check out the new Torker line of bikes. And we'll even throw in the "Community Impact Machine" sticker when you roll out the door with your new ride!
YO TFKT KIDS!!! Need Cash? Summer Job? - We need folks to post flyers around downtown Durham about the opening of Grassroots Bikes...Email Miss Hundredmark for details at Andrea@TFKT.org
TFKT is teaming up with The IF Project to keep changing lives in Durham Public Schools...Bull City meets IF.
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