Expansion of the Divine Youth program

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The KMC Cyclo-cross Festival announced earlier the expansion of its Divine Youth program. Building on outreach from 2014, Divine Youth builds a bridge between professional athletes and Providence area students to help foster a lifelong love of cycling.

“Every child should experience the benefits of cycling and outdoor activity. Exercise, fresh air, safety and fun are the primary goals of learning to ride a bike within our Divine Youth Outreach Program,” stated Tom Bacon, director of the seven-part program. “For many of us, growing up cycling made every trip down the driveway, around the block, or with friends an adventure. Our world became smaller and we became more aware of our community. As parents and educators, we strive to create opportunities and adventures for our children and students. Within our school partnerships, children become connected, both locally and globally.”

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“Of all the things we do in Providence, nothing makes us as proud as Divine Youth,” said Richard Fries, event director. “We try to create lightswitch moments for these kids. If we get one kid to embrace a bicycling lifestyle, we consider that a huge success.”

Highlighted at this week’s school visits to Mount Pleasant High School and the MET school was the presentation of citations to the city-wide One Providence Cycling Team. Congressman Jim Langevin awarded the team, and their head coach Donny Green, the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

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Founder and co-director Ed Raff: “It’s about bringing new experiences to inner city students in ways they might never get a shot at; healthy, fun, dynamic experiences. We want to get more of our students on bicycles and this is the way to do it… just ask them.”

About the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival Presented by Maxxis:
The seventh annual KMC Cyclo-cross Festival Presented by Maxxis will be held October 2 – 4, 2015 at Roger Williams Park. The event will feature UCI Category 1 cyclo-cross racing, clinics, expo, the New England Builders’ Ball, the Greater Providence YMCA Kidzone, and Gran Fondo New England. For more information visit providencecrossfest.com.

About Divine Tech
This teen-oriented program will work with students in one of two bicycle mechanic vocational programs in Providence at the Met School and Recycle-A-Bike. Each pro team will adopt a student mechanic for the weekend to experience firsthand work on the racing circuit.