THE SPECIALIZED FOUNDATION IS PROVIDING KIDS WITH THE TOOLS TO ACHIEVE ACADEMIC, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL SUCCESS THROUGH CYCLING. 2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

 
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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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FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Introducing VeloCity Cycling in Wisconsin—all things bikes (and beer)

VeloCity Cycling in Pewaukee, Wisconsin supports Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga, as the Specialized Foundation Riding for Focus middle school retail champion. The VeloCity Cycling staff  built up the bikes for the program and provides ongoing maintenance. Store Manager Stephen Wagstaff said he's pleased that people understand that VeloCity is more than just selling bikes. "Our goal is getting a good place for the community to gather around."

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FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Be Inspired—Meet the innovators at Waukesha

 

The Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga in Wisconsin is a K-8 Charter School that inspires over 800 students to become active participants in learning. The school is designed around a STEM curriculum—science, technology, engineering, and math, and learning is collaborative and project-based.

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February 14, 2018

The Specialized Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Window Opening

Applications are open to all middle schools, grades 6-9, throughout the USA. The grant window is open for 38 days, and will be closing March 25th.  The Specialized Foundation’s Riding for Focus school program is designed to introduce students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and social success, with a focus on students with learning differences, such as ADHD.

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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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