City of Henderson Welcomes Josh Stevens Foundation as Crazy Spokes Sponsor
Charity’s “Be Kind” philosophy adopted in support of National Bullying Prevention Month
October 03, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT NICOLE JOHNSON, (702) 267-2110
The city of Henderson is honored to welcome the Josh Stevens Foundation, a local organization that supports the act of kindness, as a sponsor of Crazy Spokes, scheduled for Saturday, October 12 at Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr. The organization’s involvement in the new bicycling event coincides with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
“We’re honored to partner with the Josh Stevens Foundation,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “Bullying is a worldwide epidemic amongst today’s youth, but with organizations like the Josh Stevens Foundation, we hope to make a difference in our community and end bullying.”
Henderson supports the Josh Stevens Foundation, adopting the charity’s “Be Kind” philosophy within the Parks and Recreation Department, including all of its recreation centers, facilities and programs like Safekey, last year. In support of the organization’s message, the department implemented the “Be Kind” program, which won a 2013 Program Excellence Award from the Nevada Recreation & Park Society. It includes a zero tolerance policy against bullying amongst staff and participants, added the “Be Kind” logo to staff shirts, created interchangeable “Be Kind” inspirational banners at each recreation center and developed the “Caught You Being Kind” program, where staff and volunteers reward someone for being kind with cards or wristbands.
In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the Josh Stevens Foundation will be handing out “Be Kind” T-shirts to Crazy Spokes 30-mile ride participants. The charity will also inspire participants to be kind to others by spreading its message to youngsters riding in the bike parade. Led by Mayor Hafen and the Henderson Police Department, the lights and sirens procession will loop around Mission Hills Park, keeping the spirit of kindness and memory of Josh Stevens, whose birthday would have been October 5, alive.
In addition, the Josh Stevens Foundation will have a booth at the family festival, where individuals will have the opportunity to learn more about the charity and its programs, including the “Be Kind” school campaign, which has been adopted by the Clark County School District. Volunteer opportunities at future events will also be available.
Crazy Spokes challenges cyclists to conquer the Three Sisters of the world-famous River Mountains Loop Trail, a wicked ride only few have mastered. It features a 30-mile course that begins at 7:30 a.m., free family festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a bike parade at 11:30 a.m. Registration for the 30-mile ride is $15 and bike parade is $1 per entry (Activity Code 683002-58).
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