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Hufnagel Invited to the White House


ph1sMiller School of Albemarle’s Dean of Faculty and Director of Special Programs went to Washington D.C. on Thursday, November 17 to attend the White House Convening on Opportunities for Youth to Experience the Outdoors. Peter Hufnagel was 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 has been instrumental in the growth of interscholastic mountain biking in Virginia. In addition to developing MSA’s internationally recognized Endurance Cycling Team, he has 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 was able to share the success story of MSA’s cycling program, student-built campus trails, engineering program, and the land management course. Additionally, he provided insight on how outdoor activities provide a meaningful educational experience for students. Furthermore, he was 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.

Top image: Hufnagel planning new ways to get kids outside while riding on Blue Ridge Parkway (Photo credit Phillip Robb)

ph2sHufnagel 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.”

Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has championed initiatives to get kids active and engaged with the outdoors. With a new administration headed to the White House, Thursday’s meeting provided education leaders a chance to outline a plan to promote similar programs with the new Administration. Hufnagel’s appearance at the White House drew national attention to the success of Miller School of Albemarle’s athletic programs.

At left: National Interscholastic Cycling Association Virginia League in Explore Park (Photo credit Phillip Robb)



At left: MSA Endurance Team training in Shenandoah National Park (Photo credit Phillip Robb)












At left: Hufnagel outside the White House after a day of meetings.  (Photo credit Andrea Dvorak)











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