Dear Families and Friends,
The staff and Board of Directors of Bend Endurance Academy would like to thank you for supporting our organization. Many of you know that we are in a time of transition. It is not the first time and will likely not be the last. With your support, we are committed to offering each of our program areas – climbing, cycling, and Nordic skiing – for many years to come because we believe that our mission enriches this community.
In this somewhat confusing and screen-rich time, we feel it is more important than ever to provide meaningful, real-world classrooms for youth of our community. At the Bend Endurance Academy, kids learn teamwork, build confidence, connect with others, and give back to their community.
As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, it is our responsibility to constantly evaluate how to best carry out our three programs to serve this mission. To that end, BEA has been busy.
- Through the strategic relationship we have built over the past eight years with the Bend Rock Gym (BRG), the BEA climbing program is training out of BRG’s new state-of-the-art facility. This arrangement has allowed us to run all climbing programs out of one location, communicate more effectively with coaching staff, and develop a more unified team. The 2020 BEA Climbing Team is off to a great start. With a 50% increase in participation over last year, our team has been hitting the road to competitions and just had a great turn out of over 20 climbers at the Bend Rock Gym competition last weekend!
- Without the need for our own climbing training facility at the BEA office, reducing our overhead expenses made sense. As of November 1st, we will be moving our office to the Embark Co-Working Community on NW Lolo Drive. This move will allow us to better focus resources in our programs and people and to connect with the larger outdoor and recreation community.
- We held the Bend Bike Film Festival on September 6th. The raffle this year was the best yet and Peter Werner’s “C-Note” prize was classic!
Staffing changes in our Nordic and cycling programs means you will see some new faces and some new program emphasis.
- In addition to her role as Development Director, Ann Leitheiser will be coordinating our Nordic program with emphasis this year on after school opportunities for elementary school-age youth. Please look for enrollments to open in early November. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Meissner Nordic and our growing relationship with Mt. Bachelor and look forward to a great season showing kids that skinny skis are fun!
- Our after school cycling program has largely wrapped its fall season. With the last-minute departure of our cycling director, we are grateful for the engaging and inclusive coaching staff that assured a smooth and successful season. We will soon be recruiting for a new program director and are impressed with the level and quality of interest we have received even before officially posting the position! We are very excited about the opportunities for growth and progression in our cycling program.
Our obligations in youth-focused safety protocols and safe infrastructure are mission critical and require consistent investment and help from our community. Please be on the lookout for our annual giving campaign and our other fundraisers! Mark your calendars and visit our Facebook page for more information about some of our primary fundraising events:
- Annual Giving Campaign
- Reel Rock Film Festival – Tower Theater, November 23rd
- Bend Bike Swap – April 2020
- Chainbreaker – Mother’s Day weekend 2020
In closing, we are passionate about our programs because they are geared towards teaching the joy of endurance sports! Our climbing, cycling and Nordic skiing programs support one another and make us stronger as an organization. However, our success in serving you depends on adapting to changing needs and on your support. The growing number of program participants and engagement in charitable giving not only keeps our program fees in all three areas reasonable, but also builds scholarship funds and allows us to invest in the staff and infrastructure that are key ingredients of rewarding experiences for our kids.
We welcome your feedback and look forward to engaging with you as we build on BEA’s legacy and adapt for a sustainable, successful future.
Ellen Grover, Board President
Individuals may make tax-deductible donations because we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of your donations help us provide quality programing! Mail a check or contribute online now. The button below will take you to PayPal in a new browser window.