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OUR MISSION

The Specialized Foundation uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic, health, and social success. Through investments in primary scientific medical research and school-based cycling programs, our mission is to increase accessibility to cycling to aid youth in personal development and education.

 
 
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Specialized Founder and CEO, Mike Sinyard, has long dealt with the effects of ADHD in his own life. The inability to stay focused and being easily distracted were something he had grown to just accept as “normal.” Yet, he noticed that those symptoms seemed to dissipate after returning from a ride. Mike also saw the positive benefits that riding has had on his son, Anthony, who also suffered from ADHD. So when the Bicycling Magazine article “Riding Is my Ritalin” came across his desk, he decided that it was time to explore whether or not there really was science behind riding’s impact on the brain.

We’re committed to doing the right thing, and where we see a chance to help, we’re going to do it. We make bikes, and bikes help kids. But we can’t do it alone. We need people like you to get involved and join the movement, and together, we’ll make a difference for generations to come. Let’s outride ADHD.
 
 
 
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4 Jan, 2019

RIDING FOR FOCUS PROGRAM STUDIES BIKING TO MANAGE ADHD SYMPTOMS

KTVU Bay Area spent a day learning about The Specialized Foundation and Riding for Focus. What they discovered was a program impacting thousands of kids across the country who are struggling with ADHD and other learning differences.

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Dec 22, 2018

SPECIALIZED FOUNDER MIKE SINYARD ON THE POWER OF THE BICYCLE

Today, through The Specialized Foundation, Sinyard is looking to combat the effects of ADHD on children's learning. ADHD is being diagnosed in 1 in 11 American children, and, by reducing the effects of the condition through cycling, the Specialized CEO is aiming to reduce the need for prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin.

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AUG 2, 2018

THE SPECIALIZED FOUNDATION HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL MEDICAL RESEARCH SUMMIT AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

In the continuous pursuit of improving the lives of children with learning differences, The Specialized Foundation is hosting its second annual medical research summit at Stanford University to further their mission of improving the academic, health, and social success of today’s youth through cycling.

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I’d rather ride my bike than play video games…It helped me get better grades since I’ve been concentrating more…It feels good.
 
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