All 60+ of our middle school students received an early and unexpected Christmas gift this year, thanks to the generosity of US Olympic Cycling Team star Amber Neben. On Friday, December 7th, Neben and a team of assistants from her non-profit charity, The Dare to Be Project (DTBP), and with help from volunteers through DTBP’s corporate partner, the Cummins Corporation, fitted each of our students on a new bike and provided as well for each a new helmet and a lock.
DTBP was founded by Neben in 2010 with a mission to make “a lasting impact on children in need through an unconditional gift and an inspirational message—to Dare to Be a doctor, a teacher, the President . . . whoever it is they dream to be.”
For many of our students, the gift of a new bike means having a fun way to get in shape. For others, it means getting around their neighborhood—to Nativity Prep, to the library or to the park or a friend’s home—without having to rely on a ride from mom or dad.
DTBP relies solely on the generous support of corporate partners and on individual donations to fund its outreach projects each year. Nativity is fortunate enough to have been selected by Neben this year as a recipient.
In speaking with Nativity students on Friday, Neben emphasized the extent to which her Christian faith has helped her with her success as a cyclist, particularly in giving her the strength to persevere in the face of a number of challenges.
Neben competed more recently for the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team at the London Games this past summer (2012) and at the Beijing Games (2008), with an eye toward the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. Despite a number of setbacks from injuries sustained while competing, Neben continues to dominate in the world of international women’s competitive cycling. And her message to our students was essentially the same: whatever life has given to you, make the most of it…you can overcome adversity by focusing on your gifts and giving to others. A perfect Christmas message!
We are very grateful to Amber Neben, to her team from the Dare to Be Project, and to DTBP’s corporate partner, Cummins, for their generosity. In turn, our students have planned to make a modest donation, per family, and to designate their financial gift to another non-profit in the name of Neben and Dare to Be.