The JAM Fund cycling program, founded by Jeremy Powers, Al Donahue and Mukunda Feldman (hence, JAM) in 2008, is an elite development program that helps young athletes achieve their dreams on and off the bike through coaching, mentoring, and annual grant program. All three JAM Fund founders started off as NCC club members, and went on to found JAM as a way to give back to the community and to continue to support elite development. NCC now supports JAM Fund annually with significant financial sponsorship, and is a naming sponsor of the highly successful JAM Fund/NCC elite development team. JAM has seen many of its current/former athletes compete in the Elite Cyclocross World Championships, win several elite and U23 national championships, and even a medal at the world championships.
The JAM Fund/NCC relationship allows NCC to financially support elite development without losing its focus on the broader cycling community. JAM Fund brings to the table a level of organization and professionalism that would simply not be possible from a volunteer-organized cycling club.
The relationship between JAM Fund and NCC does not end with a financial sponsorship. JAM Fund/NCC team members run the Montague Crit Training Series, help out at NCC events, including youth programs and BikeFest, provide clinics, and are a frequent presence on NCC group rides. JAM Fund also provides a pathway to young NCC riders who aspire to the elite level of cycling.
In addition to its support of JAM Fund, NCC provides active club-level racing programs for non-elite and over-23 racers as well as multi-sport athletes. JAM grant recipients are not excluded from NCC grant eligibility, so juniors may receive support from both organizations.