Sports have always been an important part of my life. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to share my love of the outdoors through sports with the youth of today. In 2017, I started working with The Cycle Effect, coordinating programming, mentoring and coaching 5th-12th grade young ladies to develop life skills and realize their potential through mountain biking. Watching the transformations these young athletes make not only on their bikes, but also in life, is incredible and inspiring. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the life-changing lessons I have learned through sports with them and to see them grow in many of the same ways I did at their age. It is awesome to witness the moment when girls overcome their fears, push out of their comfort zone, clean a technical section of a trail, persevere through challenging races, develop the grit necessary to get back up and try again after taking a fall and teach and encourage new members of the team.