JERICHO, Vt. (BRAIN) — On Tuesdsay, many Little Bellas chapters opened registration for girls mountain bike camps this year, the 11th season of the program.
The nonprofit organization will operate programs in 15 states and get an estimated 900 girls riding mountain bikes this year.
Little Bellas’ goal is to build confidence in young women at an age where statistically girls begin to lose self-esteem and participation in physical activity starts to decrease as a result.
“The gender gap evident in cycling starts at an early age. Little Bellas is working to narrow that gap and empower young women to tackle obstacles and feel able to accomplish goals both on the bike and in life in general,” said Sabra Davison, the founder and executive director of Little Bellas.
Almost 10 percent of participants require some level of financial assistance and the organization is seeking donations and sponsoring partners to remove these financial barriers and provide an equal opportunity for girls nationwide. To illustrate the impact of the program, Camelbak created a video (below) that demonstrates how Little Bellas is inspiring and creating life-changing opportunities for young women across the United States.
For more information on Little Bellas visit, littlebellas.com.