Commitment to Community
Through it's 12 year run, Little Bellas has helped to get over 2,800 girls on bikes. None of this would be possible without the tireless devotion of our Program Leads around the country. They had the get up and go to pursue establishing Little Bellas chapters in their area and the follow through to keep the programs running smoothly with the most amount of fun possible. Over the years, many of our Little Bellas Program Leads have been recognized for their commitment to their communities and their desire to keep kids active. We wanted to take a minute to recognize these ladies for their achievements and overall awesomeness.
Martha Flynn, Regional Coordinator and Woodbury, Minnesota Program Lead is a staple in the Minnesota biking community and has been tireless in her drive to get more girls and kids on bikes. Besides starting a chapter of her own in Woodbury, Minnesota, she has helped to bring Little Bellas to Lakeville and Cuyuna. She also runs a Little Bellas day clinic at the Birkie held in Wisconsin. In 2017, BikeMN, a non-profit organization dedicated to bike advocacy, education, encouragement and technical assistance, awarded Martha the Bike Educator of the Year award for her work getting more girls on bikes with Little Bellas and the Minnesota High School Cycling League.
Jenny Walsh, Program Lead for Marin, California has been at the helm of the Marin program since the beginning. With her help, it has become one of the largest Little Bellas programs in the country. In 2018, Access4Bikes (a trail advocacy group whose mission is to motivate and empower Marin mountain bikers) honored Jenny with their Local Hero award for her work with Little Bellas.
Catilin Thompson is the Program Lead for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Caitlin brought Little Bellas to Philadelphia in 2016 and has built an amazing program. She has had to overcome many obstacles due to this program being located in a major city. Besides Little Bellas, she also volunteers with the Bicycle Coalition's Youth Cycling program, and is on the board of Philadelphia's Neighborhood Bikeworks. All of this led the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to award her with their Youth Cycling Award, 2018. She was presented the award at a gala where she brought many of her Little Bellas mentors with her to share in the night.
We cannot be prouder and more humbled by these three ladies and all of our Program Leads and mentors who make the Little Bellas what it is. Our programs can only be as good as our people and our people are pretty phenomenal!