First State BMX in Milford joined the worldwide celebration of Olympic Day Tuesday, June 26 at their track behind the Milford Central Academy. By offering individuals free access to their full length track, participants were given a chance to experience this newly recognized sport by the International Olympic Committee. First recognized at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, BMX will make its second appearance at the London Games this summer. First State BMX Board President and Track Operator Mark VanVorst admits that the key to advancing the success of this sport is introducing the next generation to it at an early age.
“Once we get them around the track we get them,” commented Mr. VanVorst. “If kids get focused at an early age and really start working at it there are several junior programs that offer them Olympic training.”
Part of a larger East Coast BMX Circuit, the First State BMX track is a volunteer driven organization that offers fun for kids of all ages and hosts annual professional races to encourage kids to enter into the sport of BMX. In the recent past, First State BMX has held a National and UCI Continental Race, which qualifies riders for the international events.
First State BMX has approximately 140 members and racers that range from age 2 to 60. The BMX season began in March and will run through the month of December. Practices are held at the track for just $5 and racers can buy practice passes that entitle them to multiple days at the track.
Locals are encouraged to come out to the track, located at 1045 N Walnut Street behind the Milford Central Academy, on Tuesdays and Saturdays for practices and races. For more information on the Milford Track visit www.firststatebmx.com, friend them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirstStateBMX or call the shop at (302) 422-4133.
First State BMX’s Olympic Day celebration was part of a larger statewide recognition of the Olympic Games by the Delaware Sports Commission (DSC), University of Delaware and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Events were also held in Wilmington and Newark last week. Olympic Day is currently celebrated annually in more than 160 countries to commemorate international sportsmanship and the birth of the modern games in 1896.
“The USOC movement helps promote fitness and well-being as well as the four Olympic ideals: fair play, sportsmanship, perseverance and respect,” commented David Arthur, Executive Director of the Delaware Sports Commission. “Delaware has just recently joined the Olympic Day celebration and in three years we have grown to include close to 4,000 kids.”