Executives from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails (GRANT) program were presented with a Friend of the AMA Award on July 27 at the .
Accepting the award on behalf of the GRANT program were Yamaha Vice President of Motorcycle Operations Dennis McNeal, Yamaha General Manager of Communications Bob Starr and Yamaha Vice President of Recreation Vehicle Operations Mike Martinez. Jim Williams, AMA vice president of industry relations and business member programs, made the presentation.
The award had been announced Feb. 15.
L-R: The AMA’s Jim Williams and Yamaha representatives Dennis McNeal and Bob Starr. Yamaha’s Mike Martinez is not pictured. (Photo: Steve Gotoski)
The Friend of the AMA Award is presented to motorcyclists and organizations selected by the AMA Board of Directors because they have made outstanding contributions to the motorcycling community, and because of their efforts support the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT program provides funds to clubs and organizations to support motorized trails.
Each quarter, the program accepts applications from organizations, such as nonprofit or tax exempt OHV riding groups, public riding areas, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation organizations, with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. Since 2008, the program has awarded hundreds of GRANTs and millions in funding and equipment throughout the United States.