Community Outreach

Along with instruction, SMBA is passionate about conserving Northern Arizona’s natural environment for generations to come. Our instructors actively educate clients about the local trail system, our fragile and complex desert ecosystem, and our strategies to minimize impact. SMBA’s close collaboration with the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund and the Chamber of Commerce emphasize sustainable tourism, by offering educational opportunities for visitors and focusing on programs that help preserve the natural beauty around us. Here are some examples of our team of instructors out doing what we love and growing with the community we call home.

 
 
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SMBA is proud to support the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund with one of our Co-Directors and lead instructor, Amaryth Gass as the COT, Chief of Trails. The SRRTF is a volunteer coalition of hikers, bikers, equestrians and outdoor enthusiasts who work together as an Arizona non-profit corporation to enhance and preserve Sedona’s outdoor beauty. Volunteers have provided over $400,000 to the local Red Rock Ranger District and are responsible for funding over 2/3rds of the Forest Services budget.

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Co-Director Evan Puglia is coaching for the the Sedona Highschool NICA Team. Our team of certified NICA instructors run practice 3 days a week for the 2019-2020 season. Races and events take place all over Arizona with some of the states top riders on Sedona’s highschool team. Head Coach Eric Mase focuses on the team’s 3 pillars: Strong bodies, strong minds and strong character. NICA in Arizona has over 922 Student Athletes, 478 coaches, and 67 teams. Each team is committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.

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SMBA is proud to provide instruction and weekly coaching plans for our first generation of trail users. Verde Valley Bikes for Kids program helps create and run after school mountain bike clubs at 7 different elementary schools throughout the Verde Valley. Underprivileged youth that go to these schools are able to participate because new Trek bikes are provided for club members. Students who show excellence with their grades, behavior, attendance and attitude have the opportunity to take their love for cycling even further by earning a bike for home.