With construction of a nearby trail set to begin next spring, the Tahoe Fund presented 20 new mountain bikes to the club, which also included the donation of a storage system, helmets, and extra parts as part of a new mountain bike program at the club.
"This is the first mountain bike program we've ever done," said Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe Director of Operations Ben Visnyei. "We envision it being a world-class introduction to mountain biking with certified professional instruction, great trails, and access to new, safe, reliable equipment.
"We're really excited to be providing a new opportunity to the kids in Kings Beach to be able to access the trails they have right in their backyard. They'll get on the bikes right here at the club, bike two blocks, and they'll be on the trails."
With funds raised and work expected to begin next spring on the Kings Beach Trail, which will transfer a current off highway vehicle trail with erosion issues into a multi-feature trail, the Tahoe Fund partnered with The Specialized Foundation in an effort to get more children out biking the area's trails.
"There are a lot of trails just two blocks from the Boys & Girls Club that the kids don't necessarily have the opportunity to get to. You need a bike to go mountain biking, and so when we were working with the forest service and (Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association) on building this new trail two blocks from the club, it dawned on us that it was a great opportunity to introduce a whole new group of kids to the joy of riding outside," said Amy Berry, CEO of the Tahoe Fund.