2017 JAM Fund Grant Recipients


MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Sama at jamcycling@gmail.com

JAM Fund is happy to announce the recipients of this year's JAM Fund Grant! Thirty young, enthusiastic cyclists from six states will receive money, equipment or both to help support their cyclocross race season. Recipients will formally receive their award at the JAM Fund's Eighth Annual Grand Fundo on July 22 at the Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton, Massachusetts. The Grand Fundo is the non-profit organization's challenging one-day bike ride through the scenic Pioneer Valley followed by a post-ride feast. Money raised at the Grand Fundo goes directly to supporting the JAM Fund team and getting the kids to races.

The following are this year's grant award recipients:

Liza Bell of Putney, Vermont; Jessica Beck of Greenfield, Massachusetts; Erik Carlson of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; Patrick Collins of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Ari Daube-Valois of Florence, Massachusetts; Mira Fowler of Northampton, Massachusetts; Maria Hyde of Ocala, Florida; Ben Jankowski of Mansfield, Massachusetts; Eric Kirouac of Goshen, Massachusetts; Gabriel Kovacs of South Hadley, Massachusetts; Jacob LeBlanc of Ludlow, Massachusetts; Aiden Mapel of Southwick, Massachusetts; Luke Mello of Seekonk, Massachusetts; Finnegan O'Connor of Hatfield, Massachusetts; Sophie Anne Parrott of Chesterfield, Massachusetts; Camden Risinger of Sherborn, Massachusetts; Anna Savage of Westborough, Massachusetts; Cameron Scott of Somers, Connecticut; Magnus Sheffield of Pittsford, New York; Rohin Singh of Florence, Massachusetts; Daniel Vaughn of Horseheads, New York; Kale Wenczel of Leverett, Massachusetts; Jaden Wise of Belchertown, Massachusetts; Travis Wold of Berlin, Massachusetts; and Christian Yorks of Warwick, New York.

In addition to the above, JAM Fund Development Team riders Trent Blackburn, Ian Gielar, Mark Hewitt, Chris Niesen and Chris Norvold also receive grants.

The purpose of the JAM Fund Grant is to help young riders overcome the financial barriers associated with cycling while also mentoring them to be good members of society. Grant recipients were selected after a review of applications that were due in early June. To find out more about the grant program and JAM Fund, visit jamcycling.org.

 Last year's grant recipients received their awards from JAM Fund co-founders Alec Donahue (L) and Jeremy Powers (R). Photo by Meg McMahon.

Last year's grant recipients received their awards from JAM Fund co-founders Alec Donahue (L) and Jeremy Powers (R). Photo by Meg McMahon.

And there's still time to join us at the Grand Fundo! Even if you don't want to ride, come out for the barbecue and help us celebrate the kids!