The Mountain Moxie team is excited to do more than just race bikes. In 2012, we teamed up with the Stride Foundation, Little Bellas, and the Catamount Outdoor Family Center – Vermont-based organizations that also work to support access to sports for girls and women – and created Moxie Sparks.
Moxie Sparks is a mountain bike mentoring program for girls who need extra support to ride, race – and have fun – on mountain bikes. Over the summer, Moxie Spark girls participate in the Little Bellas’ Sunday evening mountain bike camp at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston.
Additionally, Moxie Sparks girls ride with Mountain Moxie team members on Wednesday evenings at Catamount for extra training and support. Sometimes, the girls will take part of the Wednesday evening race series. Go, Moxie Sparks, go!
Mountain Moxie’s business sponsor dollars directly benefit the Moxie Sparks scholarship program. A scholarship provides the girls with:
- bikes and riding gear;
- technical skills and personal empowerment through participation in the Little Bella’s program and;
- mentorship from Mountain Moxie team members that the girls might need to love riding and racing mountain bikes.
“Moxie Sparks has been a blast so far for all of us. It’s incredible to see these girls blossom into confident, strong and excited people – not to mention skilled mountain bikers.” – Julia Sperry, Moxie mentor
“My biggest accomplishment came from getting the chance to ride with Ava. Through both the Moxie Sparks and Little Bellas programs, Ava and I had lots of quality time together out on the trails. By the end of the summer Ava decided mountain biking is “her sport” … I will always love getting out and riding bikes, but my experience with Ava has brought my enjoyment to a whole new level.” – Clarissa Finks, Moxie mentor
“Volunteering with the Little Bellas was truly a great evening of riding that reminded me how empowering young girls in a society that is glued to image is very important…I am excited to pass on the love for the sport to my children, continue to volunteer with the Little Bellas program and continue to challenge myself while riding.” – Kathy Haskell, Moxie mentor