2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player Sylvia Fowles is donating a portion of her MVP bonus to local nonprofit Cycles for Change in support of giving middle and high school girls access to bicycles.
Sylvia’s partnership with Cycles for Change and the Minneapolis Foundation was born from her desire to give back, and provide opportunity and encouragement to underserved youth and other marginalized people in the Minneapolis area.
“It’s more important than ever for people to use their platform for good and I have always wanted to find a way to share my love of cycling with others. Really, I wanted to say thank you,” said Fowles. “It was important to me to work with an organization based in Minneapolis, since this community has welcomed me with such open arms. Winning MVP is such a special honor and I wanted to be sure and recognize how important the Minneapolis community has been to this achievement. I feel an obligation to return the energy to them, and it’s in the spirit of our team and our amazing fans that I’m now working with Cycles for Change.”
Cycles for Change, a nonprofit bicycle education and advocacy organization, works to support low-income youth and youth of color in riding bikes as a way of living healthy lifestyles, expanding mobility, and having fun. Sylvia’s donation will support girls from the Seward neighborhood in getting a bicycle, safe cycling education, and an introduction to basic bike maintenance. Kids in the program will also have a chance to explore their neighborhood through riding bikes with C4C mentors.
Sylvia, Cycles for Change, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Lynx invite people to join her in supporting this partnership to help girls get a free bike by making a contribution to grow the impact of this effort here.
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