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TWENTY16, JKAF partner for Twilight Crit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Nicola Cranmer, TWENTY16: 1(415)246-8791, ncranmer@aol.com
Albertson Family Foundation Communications Officer:
Jennie Sue Weltner, JSWeltner@www.jkaf.org, (208) 424-2640

TWENTY16, Albertson Family Foundation partner for year 2

Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong: Students need support

BOISE, Idaho – July 6, 2015 — Internationally competitive racing team TWENTY16 Pro Cycling will return to the Treasure Valley Tuesday to compete in Saturday’s Boise Twilight Criterium.

The team will again partner with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to promote the importance of education after high school.

Boise’s two-time Olympic gold medalist and TWENTY16 High Performance Director Kristin Armstrong said she is excited to partner again, but it is also part of the team’s responsibility to help spread the message with the correct approach.

“We know that Idaho students need support,” Armstrong said. “But, we can’t tell them what to do. We should instead support them by providing options. As adults and role models, we need to open doors and help them walk through whatever door that best fits, whether that’s a certificate, a two-year degree, a four-year college, military or apprenticeships.”

In the team’s off-time and while not racing at Saturday’s Crit, the team will carry that message: Some type of education after high school is vital to living the life you want.

Armstrong and Albertson Family Foundation President Jamie MacMillan agree the continued collaboration is ideal. MacMillan said the partnership also serves purposes beyond supporting students.

“Spreading the message about education after high school is imperative,” MacMillan said. “And in addition, this partnership supports the entire community and its people. The Treasure Valley looks forward to the Criterium each summer and we’re excited to be a part of it again.”

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.

“Last year’s experience was mutually beneficial,” Cranmer said. “We’re excited to partner again and have a positive impact on choices and paths of Idaho’s teens.”

Racing begins at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in downtown Boise. The event is free to attend.

Follow the action on social media

TWENTY16 Pro Cycling on Twitter

@TeamTWENTY16

Kristin Armstrong: @k_armstrong

Nicola Cranmer: @nicolacranmer

Pro racers:

Lauren Komanski: @LaurenKomanski

Kaitie Antonneau: @kaitieantonneau

Allie Dragoo: @AllieOop365

Lauren Hall: @lauren1717

Andrea Dvorak: @DreVorak

Jess Cerra: @jesscerra_

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation on Twitter

@jkaf_foundation

TWENTY16 Pro Cycling on Facebook

Facebook.com/twenty16procycling

Boise Twilight Criterium event info

What: Fast-paced, high-stakes cycle racing

When: Races begin at 2:45 p.m., July 11

Where: Heart of downtown Boise

More: www.boisetwilightcriterium.com 

About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise, Idaho-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. In the last 17 years, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has invested almost $700 million in Idaho. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertson grocery store, however it is not affiliated with Albertson’s, LLC. For more information, visit jkaf.org

About TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air 

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 the Boise Twilight Criterium

Inaugurated in 1987 the Downtown Boise Twilight 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