October is ADHD Awareness Month

This month, we salute our Riding for Focus partner schools nationwide that have programs supporting more than 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. The program integrates cycling into the physical education curriculum as a means to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

We tip our helmets to each and every one of our school champions who dedicate endless time and energy to the students and bring our Riding for Focus program to life.

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Ariadne Scott
The Second Annual Specialized Foundation Research Summit hosted at Stanford University

In the continuous pursuit of improving the lives of children with learning differences, The Specialized Foundation hosted 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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Ariadne Scott
The 2018 Riding for Focus School Champions Saddle Up For Training

Over 46 Riding for Focus School Champions from 30 states (and Washington, DC) representing 38 schools joined The Specialized Foundation team at Specialized Bicycle Components corporate headquarters in Morgan Hill, California for a four-day training to prep for the new school year and get more kids on bikes!

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Ariadne Scott
A Wheely Big Deal! Peter Sagan Outrides ADHD at the Tour de France

We appreciate the tremendous support for The Specialized Foundation Riding for Focus program during the 2018 Tour de France. The Specialized S-Works Shiv that Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates rode during Stage 20 of the Tour de France was indeed very special. The newly released Roval 321 rear disc wheel certainly turned heads as the fastest wheel/tire combo for the TT stage, but the bright blue Riding for Focus logo drove awareness for the Specialized Foundation. 

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Ariadne Scott
Can You Dig It? Yes, You Can!

Spell relief from the heat this summer and give back to your local trails this riding season. Last summer break a group of Riding for Focus Chaboya Middle School students from San Jose's Evergreen School District braved the heat to help give the local trails at Henry Coe State Park some TLC. Riding their brand new custom Specialized Foundation bikes, the students got a chance to grind up the trail they were going to improve, work the trail lopping, brushing, and improving drainage before bombing back down. Park Rangers shared their trail tips and expertise.

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Ariadne Scott
You’re Invited to The Specialized Foundation Research Summit

The Specialized Foundation would like to invite you to join us for our Second Annual Riding For Focus Research Summit. The event will be held at Stanford University on August 2nd. Together with Stanford University and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, we’ll be bringing together experts from the fields of brain science, exercise physiology, child development, education, and bicycle advocacy. 

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Ariadne Scott
Double Peak Riding to the Top of the Hill

Double Peak School, located in San Marcos, California is the first of its kind for the San Marcos Unified School District. Double Peak was one of the top twenty schools awarded a Riding for Focus grant last spring. The new campus for which planning began five years ago, was created to alleviate crowding at San Elijo Hill’s elementary and middle school and will eventually accommodate up to 1,200 students and currently enrolls over 900.

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Ariadne Scott
Rainbow Jersey Raising Mountain Spirits and Awareness at Sagan Fondo

Peter Sagan, Three Time World Road Racing Champion gave a major shout out to guests at the Sagan Fondo Gala Dinner the first weekend in May in Truckee, CA. Thanks to their tremendous generosity, they raised more than $97,000 for The Specialized Foundation, Adventure Risk Challenge and the King Ridge Foundation to help underprivileged children.

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Ariadne Scott
Thank you Buddy Pegs!

Thanks to our Buddy Pegs friends who brought The Specialized Foundation along for the ride at Sea Otter to help sponsor their Scavenger Hunt for kids. Of course, we had the letter “S” in the hunt to spell out SEA OTTER.

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Ariadne Scott
Running for a Cause in Silicon Valley

Special Thanks to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation for hosting the 2018 LAM Research Heart & Soles Run this past March in San Jose. The Specialized Foundation is honored to be one of the direct beneficiaries of the run which allows us to continue to grow and bring more Riding for Focus programs to the Silicon Valley area. 

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Ariadne Scott
Pedal Powered Data—How We Measure Success!

This is a snapshot of the metrics we will collect with the Biometric Assessment Tool this spring expanding measurements to social success and health factors beyond the academic outcomes charted below. Over a 6 week observation period, 203 students at a first year Riding for Focus school rode for 6 week at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes in Target Heart Rate Zone.

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Ariadne Scott
Riding for Focus Water Bottle Design Challenge Winner

This past fall, we issued a challenge to all of our Riding for Focus schools to submit a design for Specialized custom water bottles with a promise of free bottles and bragging rights to the school to take first prize.  Thanks to the creative and whimsical artwork submitted by the Waukesha STEM Academy students, the entry spearheaded by Dan Tuttle, Physical Education Specialist and Cross County/Track & Field Coach they now have bottles on hand to celebrate their artistic flair and toast to their success. We took some time to ask them how they came up with the colorful, creative and unique characters. Disney take note!

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Ariadne Scott
Go-To-Guide for Good Reads and Events

We want share a few of our favorite reads that dig deep into the science of ADHD and how exercise can be most beneficial to children or good books on ADHD that inspire us to read more.

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Ariadne Scott
The Specialized Foundation Awarded a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Business

Bikes mean business! The Specialized Foundation was recognized as a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. With the announcement of 58 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses, The Specialized Foundation leads a cutting-edge group of 1,118 current Bicycle Friendly Businesses, made up of local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC.

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Ariadne Scott
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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Ariadne Scott
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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Ariadne Scott
Riding for Focus Applications Are Now Open

We're excited to announce that 2018-2019 applications for the Riding for Focus school bike program are now open, so now's your chance to enrich the lives of children in your community. 

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Ariadne Scott
The Specialized Foundation and Bath Middle School Build a Pump Track

What do you get when you cross 170 cubic yards of dirt, over 100 total volunteer hours, and a great partnership between Bath Middle School, Maine Regional School District One, and The Specialized Foundation? A rad pump track!

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Emily Watts