Trips for Kids was named 2009 California Non-Profit Organisation of the Year from more than 700 nominees by the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at the Fourth Annual Spotlight Awards ceremony in Sacramento, California on September 16.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation presented the award to Trips for Kids founder Marilyn Price and a student of the San Rafael chapter.
As part of the award, Trips for Kids will receive a Spolight Award US$10,000 donation at a special ceremony in San Rafael, California, on November 19.
"Trips for Kids is overjoyed to be the recipient of this prestigious award," Price said. "Recognition from the Spotlight Awards will significantly boost our visibility and encourage more people to sign up as Trips for Kids chapters. The prize will really help us give underserved youth an opportunity to be active through our mountain bikes rides."
The California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians with an emphasis on children and youth. Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has granted more than US$1.75 million to the Council over the last five years.
"I congratulate all of this year's Gold Medal winners," Governor Schwarzenegger said.
Trips for Kids is a 21-year-old national non-profit based in San Rafael, California, with programmes that give underserved youth a chance to experience the joy and challenge of mountain biking, while learning valuable life skills and an appreciation for the outdoors. There are currently 66 Trips for Kids chapters in the United Stated, Canada and Israel.
For more information, visit www.tripsforkids.org.