Officials from USA BMX Foundation and the Terence Crutcher Foundation, in conjunction with Juneteenth, announce today the launch of RISE, an innovative mentoring program targeting underserved youth in North Tulsa. RISE stands for Resiliency, Inclusion, Social-Awareness, and Education. “USA BMX is committed to elevating youth from the Greenwood and North Tulsa community,” said Shane Fernandez, President of USA BMX and Chairman of the USA BMX Foundation. “Designed to align youth in underserved communities with powerful influencers from around the world, RISE will open doors to new perspectives for its participants through BMX and storytelling. We will provide a guided six-month tour of education and self-reflection kicking off with a bike tour of the historical Greenwood District.”
Mongoose has signed Sophia Foresta to join their pro BMX team. In addition to joining team Mongoose, Sophia has accepted the role of Marketing Coordinator at the USA BMX Foundation where she will champion the USA BMX educational programming at schools across the United States. "I am so excited to join the Mongoose/USA BMX Foundation team,” said Sophia. “The ability to combine my two passions of BMX racing and education is a dream come true, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. See you at the track!"
In 2019, Mongoose became a partner with the USA BMX Foundation to help extend their programming in elementary schools. The programs USA BMX Foundation developed were directly in-line with the Mongoose core values and vision – to get more kids access to bikes, growing the sport of cycling. Looking towards 2021, Mongoose and USA BMX Foundation plan to continue their momentum and Sophia is the perfect addition to the team. Sophia comes to Mongoose from GT, another brand under the Dorel Sports umbrella, where she competed for over a decade.
Together with USA BMX Foundation, USA BMX - the world’s largest BMX racing organization - announces its partnership with Mongoose to bring their educational programming into schools across the country. Each one of these programs focuses on STEM education through hands-on, project-based learning concepts. Students are learning new ways of seeing science, technology, engineering, and math all through the lens of a BMX bike. More than 225,000 students will be reached in 2019 as a direct result of this collaboration with Mongoose.
“I am from the generation where the name Mongoose is iconic,” said USA BMX Foundation’s Executive Director, Mike Duvarney. “Partnering with such a legendary brand will allow us to reach more schools