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B-6 The Park Record Continued from B-1 Winner won’t race in Worlds “It wasn’t really the racing itself that inspired me,” he said of his origins in mountain biking. “It was really the community and the cycling world. I came from motocross and everyone’s a little bit more stuck up and standoffish, then I went to a mountain bike race and everyone was there to help me. “It didn’t matter what I needed, someone had it,” he added. “It didn’t matter what I didn’t know, someone was willing to lend me the advice. So, for me, (the community’s) everything.” He said he keeps racing the Scott Enduro Cup because the race harnesses the laid-back culture that got him into the sport. He’s also good at it. During the weekend’s Deer Valley stop, Boice won one of the stages and stayed close to the front of the pack throughout, though Kelly was pulling away from the rest of the competition. On Sunday, Boice said he got lucky and eked out a win over Parker Degray in the day’s final stage to win by .4 seconds. While many think of Fire Swamp, one of the experts-only trails at Deer Valley, as the race’s most challenging section, Boice said he was most concerned during rides on TG and Corvair, where racers slip between trees at high speeds. “You’re going 30 miles an hour, so you could definitely just lose a finger,” he said. Scott Enduro Cup Deer Valley stage winners: Women’s open 1, Cooper Ott, 36:09.850. 2, Lia Westerman, 36:17.501. 3, Angelica Ramirez, 36:31.501. 4, Stefanie McNeil, 38:01.498. 5, Abby Strigel, 38:44.268. Men’s open 1, Cody Kelly, 32:01.531. 2, Chris Boice, 32:46.750. 3, Parker Degray, 32:47.047. 4, Teddy Jeramillo, 32:48.865. 5, Stan Jorgensen, 33:19.947. Wed/Thurs/Fri, August 29-31, 2018 Continued from B-3 Cyclist sets new record in contention for the course record. “I (thought) it’s going to be close, so I tried to hammer it at the end,” he said. “I wasn’t even thinking about (setting a record) the rest of the time – the rest of the time I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, this sucks. Just keep moving.’” Hendrickson said he would likely participate next year. PHOTO BY SEAN RYAN/ SCOTT ENDURO CUP Chris Boice races Stage 6 in the Pro/Open division at Round 5 of the 2018 Scott Enduro Cup at Deer Valley Resort. Boice won the series without winning any of the race’s five rounds. Boice’s second-place finish in the Deer Valley race meant he won’t earn an invitation to the Enduro World Series. That privilege went to Kelly, who races on the EWS for his regular season. But Boice wasn’t too upset about it. “I’ve raced EWS, and I can throw down a good stage finish, but I mean, I’m 34 years old, I don’t want to race bikes as my only job,” he said. “There’s a handful of people in the world that it’s realistic for, and that time for me has come and gone, and I’m happy with that. My main objective is to be a part of the community and to inspire other young racers like Teddy (Jaramillo), who got his first podium today, to achieve more.” Kelly will travel to the EWS’ next stage in Spain in September while Boice calls it a season. His racing plans for fall are simple: “Go home, go back to work; ride my bike for fun,” he said. Get all the latest Park Record updates. Sponsored content How rural public schools can benefit from nonprofit partnerships By forming important alliances, rural communities have an opportunity to overcome funding and other challenges facing afterschool and summer programming By Lauren Glendenning Brought to you by YouthPower365® Afterschool and summer learning programs aren’t just a place for kids to kill time while their parents work — these programs provide an environment where students can make academic gains, remain engaged in learning, stay physically healthy and active, and have access to positive mentors. In rural communities, where one in four children live in poverty, there’s a strong desire for more afterschool and summer school programs. Where need is greatest, however, resources are often at their lowest. This finding was supported by a special report from the Afterschool Alliance called “America After 3PM, The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities”. These communities often struggle with low wages, unhealthy eating habits, obesity and achievement gaps in school. An upcoming conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado, could create new beginnings for rural communities that have struggled to fund and implement PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION such programming in the past. Hosted by the leadership of the Vail Valley Foundation’s successful YouthPower365 programming, stake- Creating an appealing learning environment is the key to student success and the PwrHrs model achieves that through diverse programming and tight partnerships with school district teachers and staff. holders from rural communities will share their afterschool and summer program success stories at the PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference, including curriculum best practices and innovative P WRHRS E XTENDED LEARNING CONFERENCE partnerships. XWhat: Educators, funders, and policy-makers will come together to inform, inspire and empower collective action towards creating quality out-of-school opportunities for every child, every day, especially in rural communities. XWhen: Nov. 7-9, 2018 XWhere: Beaver Creek, Colorado XCost: $300 Early Bird (before Sept. 15); $350 General Admission (after Sept. 15) XDetails: To register or get more information visit conference.youthpower365.org CREATING PARTNERSHIPS Much of the success of YouthPower365’s programs can be attributed to its unique and close partnership with Eagle County Schools, said Melisa Rewold-Thuon, vice president of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. It’s these kinds of partnerships that make programming like this possible without total reliance on public funding. “The partnership also eliminates the need for stand-alone buildings or rental spaces, which in turn eliminates the need for capital expenditures, and increases convenience and access for students and their families,” Rewold-Thuon said. YouthPower365 has access to the school district’s buildings, technology, data and custodial services. School districts have to be willing to do “whatever it takes” to provide appropriate services for students, said Phil Qualman, assistant superintendent of student support services at Eagle County Schools. Eagle County Schools’ partnership with YouthPower365 directly benefits students by continuing educational enrichment outside of the school day, he said. “We open up our resources and budget accordingly to come to the table with some skin in the game — we don’t expect (YouthPower365) to provide it all,” Qualman said. “They’re giving us access to a huge service, and we want to show gratitude and put in work, as well.” The vast majority of funding comes from YouthPower365’s efforts, Qualman said. Part of the reason donors are so willing to contribute is due to the success of the programming. Once programs deliver results, the community responds, he said. PwrHrs Afterschool uses the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning model to create highly effective and engaging k-12 programming. THE CONFERENCE Jeff Corn, strategy and research manager at YouthPower365, said the PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference is a response to the need for rural organizations to come together and share ideas. “This really came out of our desire to learn from others as well,” see which ones stick,” he said. “If it’s a strain on your system, or he said. you’re not getting the donor dollars or buy-in from your target These types of conferences tend to focus more on solving the audience, don’t spend a lot of time trying to push a proposal that doesn’t issues facing urban communities, leaving rural communities have legs.” perplexed as to how to implement big-city solutions in their home environment. The PwrHrs Extended Learning Conference will ALLIES IN THE FIGHT provide proven insights and opportunity for rural communities that Each year, the Afterschool Alliance fights to at least maintain federal face extended learning issues. funding for afterschool programs, which has been an uphill battle in “We’re not reinventing the wheel, but we’re adding that rural focus recent years, said Jodi Grant, executive director of Afterschool Alliance. — there are things we need to pay attention to differently,” Corn Rural communities need public dollars to be part of the equation, espesaid. cially because federal funding can help leverage other resources, she said. Issues such as teacher recruitment and retention, funding and After securing federal grants, afterschool and summer programs transportation can be particularly challenging in rural communities, BUILDING SUCCESSFUL MODELS for example. YouthPower365’s formula for success is a two-way street, which should look to other creative funding solutions. Rural areas often have “In many rural places, the funds are so tight they can’t think means school districts should look to partner with local or regional some kind of industry such as mining, ranching, railroads or skiing. Grant said groups should look to those industries for dollars, as well as nonprof- about doing anything other than getting the program running that nonprofits that have complementary missions. its and the school districts themselves for creative solutions. day,” Corn said. When kicking off a new partnership or program, Qualman “The more we can facilitate sharing between programs and By sharing best practices, YouthPower365 hopes to both teach advises that stakeholders recognize when programs aren’t gaining schools, the better it is for the kids,” she said. and learn so that afterschool and summer programs across America traction and respond accordingly. “You have to be prepared to throw a few darts at the board and can better serve rural children.