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Georgia League Raises Funds For Financial Aid Program at Crankin’ For The Kids

The Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (Georgia League) raised funds to get #morekidsonbikes in Georgia at theCrankin’ For The Kids FUNdraiser Ride held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Evans Family Farm in White, GA. Over $10,000 was raised for the Georgia League Rider and Coach Financial Aid program to ensure that every middle and high school student-athlete and coach has the opportunity to participate in all Georgia League events, regardless of their financial situation. Over 100 cyclists, volunteers and spectators came out to support the Georgia League in their fundraising efforts.

League Director, Kenny Griffin, was grateful to those that came out to support the league, “A huge thanks to everyone who came out to support the second annual Crankin’ For The Kids fundraiser event. The amount of support that we received towards this event was moving to say the least! Thank you for your support and contributions, I truly appreciate it.”

The picturesque Evans Family Farm made for the perfect setting. Participants begin the day riding the 6 mile single-track trail through the lush green hills and creeks and ponds. Dan Thornton, owner of Free-Flite Bicycles and founding GA League sponsor, hosted an early morning Bike Maintenance 101 class going over basic tire and chain maintenance and others ways to keep your bike safe and in tip top shape! GA League Board Member, Eddie O’Dea, hosted two bike skills clinics throughout the day, teaching proper stances for climbing and descending. After some delicious burgers and brats from the Crankin’ For The Kids Lunch Grill, future GA Leaguers and their parents lined up for the kids race with Guy Swingle and Diezel Griffin leading the way on the kid-friendly trail. After the Kid’s Race medal ceremony, the adults and middle and high schoolers hit the trail for the time trial races. 1st place Carrie Hughs adult male, 1st place Andrew Miller HS Sophmore, 1st place Benjamin Hughes HS Freshman, 1st place Adin Chandler 7th Grade boys, 1st place Grace Wilson 6th grade girls, 1st place Carter Fransen 6th grade boys,) See the full Race Results HERE.

The event also featured a silent auction including tickets to some of Atlanta’s most entertaining family attractions and best restaurants, two bikes and cycling gear, sporting items and more. Overall the second annual Crankin’ For The Kids FUNdraiser Ride was a great success in helping the League provide youth development programs to Georgia’s youth, and the opportunity to learn about and participate in healthy and active lifestyles.

Check out more photos from the day HERE!

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