2019 Grant Recipients



Vicky Sama at jamcycling@gmail.com


JAM Fund is excited to announce the recipients of this year's JAM Fund Grant! Forty-one enthusiastic cyclists will receive money, equipment, coaching or a combination of those to help support their cycling ambitions and cyclocross race season. The recipients will formally receive their awards during a special ceremony at the JAM Fund’s 10th Annual Grand Fundo on July 13, which will be held at Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton, Massachusetts. This year’s recipients include ten young women and cyclists as young as 10 years old up to 24 years old. They represent cyclists from the 11 states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. All of those selected for the grant show their passion for the sport and a dedication to being an all-around good person.

The Grand Fundo is the non-profit organization's fundraising bike ride through the scenic Pioneer Valley followed by a post-ride feast. Money raised goes directly to supporting the JAM Fund development riders and getting the kids to races. Join us for the bike ride and celebrate the next generation of cyclists. If you can’t come, consider supporting the program.

The following are the 2019 JAM Fund Grant award recipients:

John Paul Amalong, 16, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Katie Aman, 22, of Hanover, New Hampshire;  Ryan Avery, 14, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; Neal Bachmann, 21, of Westfield, Massachusetts; Jessica Beck, 13, of Greenfield, Massachusetts; Liza Bell, 15, and Sadie Bell, 12, of Putney, Vermont; Jon Brito-Roman, 16, of Providence, Rhode Island; Evan Bulock, 16, of Mendon, Massachusetts; Nathan Champney, 14, of West Kingston, Rhode Island; Patrick Collins, 24, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Ari Daube-Valois, 13, of Florence, Massachusetts; Luke Enright, 15, of Southampton, Massachusetts; Keven Figueroa, 14, of Providence, Rhode Island; Mira Fowler, 16, of Northampton, Massachusetts; Beau Guenther, 14, of Putney, Vermont; Betty Hasse, 16, of Providence Rhode Island; Alexis Hills, 12, of Westmoreland, New Hampshire;  Kristof Hopkins, 15, of West Kingston, Rhode Island; Elijah Hughes, 16, of Providence, Rhode Island; Jacob LeBlanc, 24, of Ludlow, Massachusetts; Henry Lord, 16, of Kittery Point, Maine; Aiden Mapel, 16, of Southwick, Massachusetts;  Ian McDonald, 17, of Oak Hill, West Virginia; Ben McGranaghan, 22, of South Deerfield, Massachusetts; Ethan Morris, 10, of Ashland, Virginia; David Northcott, 12, of Walpole, New Hampshire; Finnegan O'Connor , 19, of Hatfield, Massachusetts; Sophie Parrott, 12, of Chesterfield, Massachusetts; Levi Picard, 16, of Providence, Rhode Island; Maxwell Schwartz, 16, of of Providence, Rhode Island; Rohin Singh, 15,  of Florence, Massachusetts; Asher Tilghman, 15, of Germantown, Maryland; and Owen Wright, 21, of Amherst, Massachusetts.

In addition to the above, this year's JAM Fund Team riders Trent Blackburn, Chris Niesen, Chris Norvold, Jane Rossi, Anna Savage, Kale Wenczel and Daniel Vaughn 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. JAM Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization, created in 2003 by Jeremy Powers, Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman. The team's activities are made possible through corporate sponsorships and individual donations. Each year, the organization issues grants including financial and technical resources and professional training to aspiring cyclists who show enthusiasm and determination to do their best. To find out more about the grant program and JAM Fund, visit jamcycling.org.

Join us at the Grand Fundo! Even if you don't want to ride, come out for the barbecue and celebrate these awesome kids!

Header photo shows 2019 grant award recipients, courtesy Meg McMahon.