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Program Lead Contact Information

Shannon Casson

Phoenix, AZ Give It A Whirl Day

  • Registration Status:Closed
  • Program Type:Event
  • Day(s) of the Week: Sun
  • Ages:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Dates:TBD
  • Fees:FREE!
  • Location:McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Fort McDowell, AZ
  • Registration Opens:TBD
  • Registration Closes:TBD
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Program Description

This program is an all-girls, Give it a Whirl Day held at Fort McDowell Regional Park  just outside of the greater Phoenix area.  With over 50 miles of multi-use trails and spectacular mountain views, the park is a mountain bikers paradise!  And better yet, it's a Little Bellas paradise too!

A Give it a Whirl day aims to get girls of all abilities either introduced to the sport or help them develop an already present interest. Based around having fun, we play lots of games (on and off the bike), explore and ride trails, incorporate basic bike skills and then adjust those skills as the girls progress.

We also use the mountain bike experience to help the girls gain confidence, build camaraderie other girls on bikes, seek out new adventures, and get outdoors!  These are learning skills your daughter can take with her throughout life!

It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge.

Phoenix Program Lead

Shannon spent her childhood chasing two older brothers from sport to sport which inspired a lifelong love of playing outdoors. She played college basketball at Marymount University in Virginia, where she earned her undergrad in accounting and still holds records as a 3-point shooter. For graduation, she bought a bike, immediately changing her life for the better. During a brief stint in the business world, she found more joy inspiring her co-workers to be physically active than from analyzing budgets. So, she traded her heels for sneakers and returned to school to study kinesiology. After graduating from UVA with her Masters of Teaching, she headed west to Colorado. During her 15+ year career as a PE & health educator, she designed diverse curriculum such as skateboarding, cross country skiing and ninja warrior and organized annual school-wide bike rodeos. In partnership with Move Live Learn, she developed curriculum for Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s Winning in Life Program and for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, both of which deliver nationwide physical literacy programs for youth. She then launched her own PE curriculum development consultancy called HAPPE, Healthy Active People Play Everyday. Shannon is also a champion for females in sport and believes in the magical power of female role models. In her “free time”, she started Girls on the Run in Western Colorado, started Little Bellas in Park City, Utah and loves to coach womens mountain biking. Now, as a member of the Little Bellas family, she is thrilled to pay it forward to future female generations and empower more girls to ride bikes. When Shannon isn’t riding bicycles, she’s planning her next bike adventure or baking chocolate chip cookies.

What's Included:

Fun, snacks, games, and riding bikes!

What to Bring:

• Bike Helmet
• Mountain Bike- In good working order
• Water carrying device- Either a bottle to fit in a cage on the bike or a hydration pack.
• Closed-toed shoes
• Rain gear or extra layers if necessary


1hr to 40 mins- Trail ride in small, age/ability appropriate groups
15 min- Snack (provided)
1hr to 45min- Games and activities
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