TWENTY16 Pro Cycling, Go On Idaho partner
Boise Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong calls collaboration ‘ideal’
BOISE, Idaho – July 9, 2014 — To promote the importance of education after high school, internationally competitive racing team TWENTY16 Pro Cycling announced Wednesday a partnership with Go On Idaho for Saturday’s Boise Twilight Criterium.
Boise’s two-time Olympic gold medalist and TWENTY16 High Performance Director Kristin Armstrong said the partnership is an ideal collaboration.
“Education gives you the freedom to live the life you want,” she said. “Go On Idaho encourages teenagers to continue their education after high school, which opens doors throughout the rest of their lives. TWENTY16 Pro Cycling endeavors to do the same thing for our developmental riders.”
During Saturday’s road bicycle race downtown Boise, Armstrong and the cycling team will be at 10th and Bannock at the TWENTY16-Go On Idaho tent to meet fans. Those wearing college colors or gear will be entered in drawings for custom Go On Idaho watches by Modify, T-shirts and other prizes.
Albertson Family Foundation President Jamie MacMillan said the partnership pairs the vital message of continuing education with TWENTY16’s commitment to youth.
“This partnership is a great way to combine resources from very different organizations who have very similar missions,” MacMillan said. “To work alongside TWENTY16’s great athlete role models and be part of such a beloved community event while helping to spread the importance of continuing education after high school is an opportunity we’re grateful for.”
TWENTY16 — based in Boise, but touring nationally — is a leading recruitment platform for young female athletes intent on receiving a college education while pursuing athletic excellence. As the sport of cycling continues to evolve and strives for gender parity, an increasing number of colleges and universities offer full scholarships to capable female cyclists. TWENTY16 successfully demonstrates its ability to develop junior athletes and connect riders with colleges as they graduate from high school and go on to a type of higher education.
Team manager Nicola Cranmer said sporting careers can be brief, which places even more importance on furthering a teen’s education.
“Education and learning last a lifetime, so we’re excited to have the opportunity to promote not only our message, but also Go On Idaho’s message,” Cranmer said. “We’re confident the partnership will be a positive influence on choices of young Idahoans — whether it be young female athletes or their peers.”
What: Meet two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and the TWENTY16 Pro Cycling team
When: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, race at 7 p.m.
Where: 10th and Bannock, TWENTY16-Go On Idaho tent
Follow the action on social media
TWENTY16 Pro Cycling on Twitter
Kristin Armstrong: @k_armstrong
Nicola Cranmer: @nicolacranmer
Lauren Komanski: @LaurenKomanski
Alison Tetrick: @AMTetrick
Lex Albrecht: @Lex_Albrecht
Katie Donovan: @katied
Kaitie Antonneau: @kaitieantonneau
Allie Dragoo: @AllieOop365
TWENTY16 Pro Cycling on Facebook
Go On Idaho on Twitter
Go On Idaho on Facebook
About J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a private, family foundation, committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. To move toward its vision, the Foundation invests pro-actively in large-scale initiatives like Go On Idaho.
For more information, visit jkaf.org
About Go On Idaho
Go On Idaho is the foundations strategy to help students go on to education and training after high school. Go On Idaho helps build awareness in Idaho that high school is not enough and that there are proven ways to set Idaho students up for success beyond graduation.
For more information, visit go-on-idaho.org
About TWENTY16 Pro Cycling
Named TWENTY12 in 2009, the team had a definite goal of taking athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. London resulted in two Olympic medals — gold and silver — the only U.S.-based road program to do so. Now the team looks ahead ahead to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Youth cycling is an important component to the program, supporting 14 of the top juniors in the nation ranging in ages 11-18. These young women learn essential skills like teamwork, sacrifice and commitment that carries into to the work place if a professional athletic career is not pursued. In 2001, TWENTY16 was the first U.S. team to recruit a Para-Cycling athlete to the roster of a professional squad and is still the only professional team to have an integrated junior program.
For more information, visit teamtwenty16.com
About Boise Twilight Criterium
Inaugurated in 1987 the Downtown BoiseTwilight Criterium is a fast-paced, high stakes cycling race in the heart of downtown Boise. The electric atmosphere of the event attracts more than 20,000 spectators to downtown streets to see cyclists from around the world compete for cash, naming rights and ego. This is one of Boise’s favorite summer attractions and one of the best criteriums on the USA Cycling racing calendar.
For more information, visit boisetwilightcriterium.com