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Schwarzenegger Gives Props to ‘Trips for Kids’

MTB non-profit group named top organization in 2009 by California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports selected Trips for Kids as its 2009 Non-Profit Organization of the Year from more than 700 nominees.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation presented the award to the San Rafael-based TFK with a gold medal earlier this fall at the Fourth Annual Spotlight Awards ceremony in Sacramento, California.

As part of the award, Trips for Kids will receive a $10,000 donation at a special ceremony in San Rafael on Nov. 19.

“Trips for Kids is overjoyed to be the recipient of this prestigious award,” said Marilyn Price, founding director of TFK. “Recognition from the Spotlight Awards will significantly boost our visibility and encourage more people to sign up as Trips for Kids chapters. The prize will really help us give underserved youth an opportunity to be active through our mountain bikes rides.”

The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians with an emphasis on children and youth. Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has granted more than $1.75 million to the Council over the last five years.

“I congratulate all of this year’s Gold Medal winners,” Schwarzenegger said.

Trips for Kids is a 21-year-old national non-profit with programs that give underserved youth a chance to experience the joy and challenge of mountain biking, while learning valuable life skills and an appreciation for the outdoors. There are currently 66 Trips for Kids chapters in the United Stated, Canada and Israel.

For more information on Trips for Kids, go to www.tripsforkids.org or call founding Director Marilyn Price at 415.458.2986.