Youth Educational Sports, Inc. (YES) is focused on the "Sport of Bicycling" becoming an active annual Physical Education Unit in secondary schools.
The goals are: encourage youth to incorporate a very natural; low impact form of exercise; competition and transportation. Riding a bicycle while introducing a healthy life style to reduce obesity and the number bicycle riders killed, disabled or injured in vehicle collisions.
This goal is achieved by teaching bicycling best practices and age appropriate skills, drills and competition.
YES has trained School Cycling Instructors (SCI) to provide Professional Development for the Physical Education Teachers and help establish Physical Education Bicycle Units at schools.
YES has developed 5 skill building curricula starting in 1st grade to 12th grade. Professional Development for elementary school is provided online and Professional Development for secondary school via workshops.
YES has piloted and proven the YES P.E. programs tested for 20 years in many diverse school districts.
YES created nationally recognized and award winning curricula are available to schools to incorporate into the school physical education classes, having their own bicycle/helmet equipment and starting School Cycling Clubs/Teams. This ensures program sustainability.
To this sustainable end, YES has determined what bicycle equipment provides the best level playing field and least amount of maintenance. This bicycle equipment is suitable for training and racing.
YES inspires educational institutions to introduce bicycling as a viable sport and healthy competition in their Physical Educational curriculum. Anytime a life-sport is introduced to youth, this gives them a lifetime gift of health and relaxation.
The Founder of YES, Tana Ball, comes from a sport and education back ground. Having extensive background as a cycling coach and educational teachers it was only natural for her navigate to put them together.
Coach Ball was a successful cycling competitor on the velodrome. She also managed and coached at the sports venue: Encino Velodrome for 5 years. Coaching lead her to become a Development Coach and Junior National Coach for United States Cycling Federation (before USA Cycling) at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She was the first female Coach to travel aboard with a USA National Men's Teams to Trinidad and Chile. Later she was the first women Coach to travel with a men's Pro Team aboard who raced in Indonesia during a multi-day stage race through two islands.
While working for a Pro Team in Escondido, CA, she approached the City to do a bicycle safety program for the elementary schools. Timing is everything, the City had just received in 1992 a grant to do just that. Tana ran the HEADS-UP program in San Diego area for two years. But Tana wanted to expand the program to extend through the middle school grades and TREF wasn't up for it.
Thanks to Alex Baum, he made arrangements for her to explain her mission/passion to the City of Los Angeles and they decided to go after funding for the first ever bicycle safety program for middle schools. In 1994, the BLAST (Bike Lessons and Safety Training) program was launched in Los Angeles Unified School District. During the 16 years working within Los Angeles Unified School District, she had the opportunity to develop curricula, pilot the program and successfully implemented sustainability to maintain the P.E. Bicycle Unit for grades 1-12. Also during this time Youth Educational Sports, Inc. was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit California Corporation.
After retiring from LAUSD, YES programs where introduced to other diverse school districts in California, such as: Glendale, Delano, Long Beach, Westmorland, Pomona, Artesia, and many more.
Her mission has changed from providing the bicycle safety program to training the professionals, Physical Educator to provide a P.E. Bicycle Unit annually.