NEOCycle

presented by Ohio Savings Bank, a division of NYCB The nation's largest urban cycling festival located in Cleveland, Ohio.

NEOCycle Urban Youth Initiative

Since 2014, the Urban Youth Initiative has distributed over 400 youth bikes and impacted over 600 total kids from the City of Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has a robust history of developing community impact programs to maximize the benefit of hosting amateur and collegiate sporting events in Cleveland. Over 12,000 Cleveland residents have participated in such programs since the GCSC was re-founded in 2000. Funding for these programs comes from a variety of sources including grants from the City of Cleveland, private foundations, and corporate donations. The Urban Youth Initiative, presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital will serve as the umbrella under which all GCSC-run youth outreach programs will fall in 2016 and beyond. Children from the City of Cleveland’s 21 Recreation Centers are the primary beneficiaries of Urban Youth Initiative programming. 

Year three of the NEOCycle Urban Youth Initiative will feature 150 youngsters from the City of Cleveland receiving new bikes, bike locks and helmets. 210 children from the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers will be invited to participate in a field-day style kickoff in late June focused on physical activity and environmental stewardship. Each child will then complete a two-week course of activities and benchmarks, from which the top 150 finishers in the program will receive a new bicycle, helmet, and lock, as well as on-bike cycle safety training and riding instruction. These children will be invited to also participate in the NEOCycle Kids Cruise, a free kids ride at The Hub at Edgewater Park during NEOCycle.

The NEOCycle Urban Youth Initiative is proudly supported by the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation, GE Lighting and community foundation partners. The program is being run in partnership with the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op and Bike Authority.

For more information or to help support this important program, please contact Becky Griesmer at rgriesmer@clevelandsports.org.