JAM Fund Announces Grant Recipients


The JAM Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s JAM Fund Grants. Thirteen cyclists from Western Massachusetts and New England were selected to receive the annual grant award. JAM Fund provides the grants to developing riders who demonstrate a commitment to cycling through racing and serving the racing community. This year’s grants go to the following nine men and four women:

Erik Carlson, 17, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Patrick Collins, 21, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Mira Fowler, 13, of Florence, Massachusetts

Beau Guenther, 13, of Putney, Vermont

Jonathan Hills, 12, of Westmoreland, New Hampshire

Ben Jankowski, 20, of Mansfield, Massachusetts

Katherine Johnson, 14, of Kittery, Maine

Aiden Mapel, 14, of Southwick, Massachusetts

Chris Norvold, 17, of Berlin, Massachusetts

Anna Savage, 15, of Westborough, Massachusetts

Daniel Vaughn, 17, of Horseheads, New York

Kale Wenczel, 18, of Leverett, Massachusetts

Jaden Wise, 12, of Belchertown, Massachusetts

The grants provide financial and/or equipment assistance that best serves the goals of the recipient, and also includes mentoring by the members of the program. Riders are encouraged to join the Northampton Cycling Club (NCC) if they don’t currently have a supporting club. The NCC and JAM work collectively to develop riders. See more details here.

“The JAM Grant helped me out tremendously,” said Trent Blackburn, who received the grant last year. “I used a large part of it for race fees and to pay for my cycling license.”

Full details of the 2016 grants will be announced at the JAM Fund’s Grand Fundo on July 16 at Black Birch Vineyard in Southampton. Grant recipients will be present at the Grand Fundo, the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, where hundreds of cyclists gather to ride bikes through the Pioneer Valley. Afterward, everyone celebrates the day with a scrumptious barbecue, raffle and the coveted grant awards presentation.

The JAM Fund was created in 2003 by U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers, Coach Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman, good friends brought together with a passion for cycling. The JAM Fund helps young, motivated cyclists achieve success both on and off the bike.

Registration for the July 16 Grand Fundo is open now.

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Vicky Sama, jamcycling@gmail.com