Riding for Focus School - Getting Started


Our 2020-2021 rolling application for Riding for Focus Program is now live!

  • Schools can self-fund.

  • Schools can seek matching funding, considered on the annual grant awarding cycle.

  • Schools can be awarded the Riding for Focus program on the annual grant awarding cycle.

No matter how Riding for Focus comes to your school, it all starts with the qualification process to see if Riding for Focus is a good fit for you and your community. Thank you to all the applicants this round. Decisions for the 2020-2021 school year will be sent out in March 2020.

Our students, parents and community love the Riding for Focus program. We’ve actually had families move their students into our boundaries just to participate. I can’t even imagine our school without the program now.”
— Jesse Sorenson, Assistant Principal Payson Middle School

We have the tools and best practices to help your school overcome the logistical and organizational challenges of implementing a school program.  To help us ensure your success, please carefully consider the following key criteria as you apply for the Riding for Focus Grant. If selected, you'll be required to show that you have the following in place:

  • Riding for Focus School Core Team: This normally includes a Program Champion who will lead the program, participate in program training, be a point of contact to the Specialized Foundation, and report back on program results; an Administrator to assist with budgeting, risk assessment, and approvals; and a Community Support Team that will leverage local cycling resources such as League Cycling Instructors (LCI) and school support organizations such as the PTA.

  • Cycling Sustainability Plan: This includes a succession plan for the core team, with a focus on developing backups and cross training of the faculty and staff. School must have a minimum two year commitment to the program.

  • Safe Riding Opportunity: At least three safe routes, of varying levels of difficulty, near the school.

  • Equipment Storage Plan: Ability to safely store program equipment, including bikes, helmets, and tools. Please note that the Specialized Foundation cannot replace any lost, stolen, or damaged equipment.

I am thrilled for the opportunity to be one of the few schools in the nation to participate in this phenomenal program. The Riding for Focus curriculum truly mirrors AIM’s philosophy, and does so in a way that encourages a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
— Mike Brooks, Athletic Director AIM Academy, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Our students really enjoy riding and embrace each adventure with a positive attitude. Nobody has finished a ride in a worse mood than he or she started and our volunteer adults remarked how much each student has gained in skill and confidence.
— Anne Rock, English Teacher, AIM Academy

Additional Things to Consider

  • Schools should be prepared to run the school program a minimum of 6 weeks, 3 days a week, and at least 20 minutes per day—weather permitting.

  • Schools have the option to participate in the applied research program where participation involves certain performance and assessment measures to understand the efficacy of the program. Likely, this will be a task of the Program Champion.