Endurance Team coaches Andrea Dvorak and Peter Hufnagel went to Washington D.C. on Thursday, November 17 to attend the White House Convening on Opportunities for Youth to Experience the Outdoors. Hufnagel and Dvorak were invited to the White House to engage with senior White House and Obama Administration officials to discuss a path forward to grow programs and initiatives to ensure that youth have opportunities to experience our shared natural outdoor heritage. The meeting was orchestrated by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and facilitated by Outdoor Alliance for Kids.
Over the past six years, Hufnagel and Dvorak have been instrumental in the growth of interscholastic mountain biking in Virginia. In addition to developing MSA's internationally recognized Endurance Cycling Team, they spearheaded the creation of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Virginia League. Since 2010, Miller School of Albemarle has led the charge in getting more kids on bikes and providing an avenue for young people to engage in outdoor activities in a healthy and safe manner.
At the White House, Hufnagel and Dvorak were able to share the success story of MSA's cycling program, student-built campus trails, engineering program, and the land management course. Additionally, they provided insight on how outdoor activities provide a meaningful educational experience for students. Furthermore, they were able to outline the successful model the National Interscholastic Cycling Association has built to allow every American teen to build a strong body, mind, and character through mountain biking.
Hufnagel commented, "It was an honor to be invited to the White House. Meeting with policy makers to discuss ways for youth to experience the outdoors was rewarding and inspiring."