Media Advisory: Univest Grand Prix Cyclists To Visit Elementary Schools In Harleysville, Doylestown

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- September 14, 2011

Univest Grand Prix Cyclists To Visit Elementary Schools In Harleysville, Doylestown

Friday Visits By Swedish, Canadian Teams Continue Race Outreach Tradition

Souderton, Pa. -- Cyclists from two international teams competing this weekend in the Univest Grand Prix will continue a race tradition by participating in assemblies for local school students to introduce children in the community to a life-long sport that can help them get into shape and enjoy a healthy lifestyle on Friday, Sept. 16.

The media is invited to cover the events, talk to team members, students, teachers and school administrators as the students:

  • Gain an understanding of the commitment and dedication the cyclists make to compete professionally.
  • Learn about the healthy diets of the cyclists and how nutrition plays a critical role in a cycling competition.
  • Understand the competitive cycling sport - team strategies, difference between a road race (Saturday’s event) and a criterium (Sunday’s event).
  • Learn about bike safety - the importance of wearing a helmet - and also about the professional cycling bikes and how they differ from the children’s bicycles.
  • Learn about other countries and cultures through the eyes of a cyclist.

Riders from Team Cykelcity - which swept both the Univest Grand Prix and the Univest Criterium of Doylestown in 2010 - will visit Oak Ridge Elementary School at 2 to 3 p.m. to meet with students from grades K-5. Oak Ridge is located at 465 Moyer Rd., Harleysville.

School contacts are Becky Krauss or Nancy Digianna at 215-253-6633 or ndigianna@soudertonsd.org.

Team Garneau Club Chasseau Norton Rose of Canada will visit Doyle Elementary in Doylestown at 2:30 p.m.for a one-hour assembly. Doyle Elementary is located at 260 N. West St. in Doylestown.

Contact at the school is Bridget and she can be reached at 267-893-4300 or bernst@cbsd.org.

To obtain media credentials for the school visits, please contact: Joe McDermott, Media Director, Univest Grand Prix, 484-860-2289 or jysmcd@ptd.net or Kim Detwiler, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Univest Corporation, 215-721-8396, detwilerk@univest.net.

Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation
215-721-8396
detwilerk@univest.net
www.univest.net

 

Joe McDermott
Local Media Director
Univest Grand Prix
484-860-2289
jysmcd@ptd.net
www.univestgrandprix.com

Shauna Staveley
On-Site Cycling Press Officer
Univest Grand Prix
978-407-0994
sstaveley@gmail.com

Sean Weide
Communications Specialist
Trailhead Marketing
402-541-2594
sean@trailheadmarketing.com

About the Univest Grand Prix

From its inception, the Univest Grand Prix has united the towns throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties for a weekend of community celebration while offering a unique showcase for the best young talent in cycling. For more information visit www.univestgrandprix.com.

About Univest Corporation

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. Univest Bank and Trust Co., member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers customers 32 financial service centers, 12 retirement financial services centers, and 39 ATM locations throughout the region, and is the parent company of Univest Capital, Inc., a small ticket commercial finance business; Univest Insurance, Inc., an independent insurance agency headquartered in Lansdale, Pa., which serves commercial and personal customers; and Univest Investments, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC, a full-service broker-dealer and investment advisory firm. For more information on Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries, please visit www.univest.net.

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