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Trips for Kids appoints new national support and sponsorship manager

Published February 16, 2018

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Trips for Kids has appointed Andy Phelps as its full-time national support and sponsorship manager for the new national umbrella organization that launched in August last year.

Phelps is a lifelong cycling enthusiast with over 27 years of outdoor recreation and bicycle industry experience. Iin his new position he will focus on supporting the organization's network of 75 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to cultivating and growing Trips for Kids' bicycle and outdoor recreation industry relationships with the goal of generating cash and in-kind product donations. Phelps will assist the new Trips for Kids national team in supporting existing chapters, building new chapters, improving program quality and achieving its goal of reaching 500,000 young people, especially those most in need, by 2027.

Phelps previously was the program manager and sponsorship coordinator for the flagship Trips for Kids-Marin chapter for the past 7 years. During that time he transformed the chapter's Re-Cyclery Community Bike Shop into a thriving local retail operation that now provides 60 percent of the chapter's annual revenue and recycles thousands of refurbished bicycles back into the community.

Phelps said, "This is an amazing opportunity for me! Although Trips for Kids has been around for thirty years, we just launched Trips for Kids national at Interbike last year and it feels very much like a startup. I'm very excited to be part of this new team and I look forward to supporting our chapters with the products they need to get more kids on bikes!"

Robert Alan Ping, Trips for Kids' executive Director, said, "Andy will be a critical addition to the tiny but powerful national team, bringing a wealth of industry connections and a natural gift for nurturing relationships."

Topics associated with this article: Advocacy/Non-profits, People

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