USA Cycling Development Foundation announces new Kuck Scholarship

Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 10, 2008)--USA Cycling introduced today the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund, a new collegiate program which will annually award two scholarships to student-athletes who excel in the areas of cycling safety, advocacy and education. Funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the collegiate cyclist whose name the program now bears.
 
Joshua Kuck moved to Florida in 2005 to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa where he was passionate in his endeavors to establish a collegiate cycling team. Throughout the process of organizing and leading the USF Cycling Team, Josh made many friends. He was successful at everything he put his mind to. On the bike, he proved himself a true domestique, often sacrificing his own results in order for his teammates to succeed. When touting his accomplishments, it was always those of the team instead of his individual success.
 
On October 21, 2007, while riding in a century event with his USF teammates near Tampa, Josh was hit by a truck and taken from his family and friends. His life ended long before he realized his full potential. USA Cycling, along with Josh’s family, friends and teammates, decided to honor his memory with a scholarship fund which supports the efforts of those dedicated to bicycle safety, advocacy and education projects to keep similar tragedies from taking any more of our cycling friends.
 
The Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund is the second collegiate scholarship program to be offered by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, joining the John Stenner Memorial Scholarship Fund. The programs are funded by directed donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation. Interested student-athletes should visit www.usacdf.org for more information or click here for an application.
 
The USA Cycling Development Foundation will also host a benefit dinner for the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund. The dinner will take place at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information or contact Kristy Acuff or the USA Cycling Development Foundation for more details. To RSVP and purchase tickets, e-mail JoshKuckScholarship@gmail.com or smccauley@usacycling.org.  
 
Donations to the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made to:
 
USA Cycling Development Foundation
Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund
1 Olympic Plaza #6
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
 
                                                                                                                                      
 
About the USA Cycling Development Foundation
The USA Cycling Development Foundation was created with the primary purpose of raising money to drive American athlete development programs in cycling. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system. This means we do not receive government support, (your tax dollars). Our donors fund the athlete development programs for juniors, U23 and other future Olympic athletes with their annual gifts. Our mission is to assist USA Cycling with the implementation of consistent and sustained development programs for young American bike racers. In short - we support the future of American cycling.
 
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization. USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women’s National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling. USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.


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