SmartStop™ Self Storage Partners With Riding on Insulin to Sponsor BMX Camp for Kids With Diabetes


    SmartStop™ Self Storage announced that it has partnered with Riding on Insulin, a non-profit that operates programs for kids, teens and adults living with type 1 diabetes, to sponsor a daylong BMX camp for kids ages 7-17 on October 19 in Chandler, Ariz. Professional racer Matt Neal is the manager for Type 1 BMX — a team of riders with diabetes. Neal will lead this camp, which will teach biking skills and provide inspiration to kids with diabetes as well as their siblings and friends.

    SmartStop™ Self Storage, which also sponsors MMA fighters and a professional cycling team, will help offset camp costs of approximately $500 per participant. The sponsorship will provide loaner bikes to campers who don’t own bikes and cover travel expenses for Type 1 BMX racers.

    “Sponsoring Riding on Insulin is extremely personal to me as I have a five-year-old nephew living with this challenging condition who is a BMX racer,” said H. Michael Schwartz, chairman and CEO of Strategic Storage Trust, Inc., a public REIT targeting the self-storage market under the SmartStop® Self Storage brand name. “This nonprofit is amazing as it helps raise awareness about the challenges these kids go through each day and to make sure they feel just like everybody else.”

    The BMX camp is a first for Riding on Insulin, which traditionally sponsors ski and snowboarding camps for people with diabetes. During the camp, kids of all experience levels will have an opportunity to learn and sharpen their bike skills with Type 1 BMX team members while their parents network.

    “The kids get to spend the day realizing they’re not alone and that having type 1 diabetes is not a be all and end all to their lives,” said Riding on Insulin development director Michelle Page-Alswager. “We’re so appreciative that SmartStop saw the value of this and came on board. Without SmartStop’s sponsorship, there would be no camp.”

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    About Strategic Storage Trust, Inc.

    Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) is one of five publicly registered self-storage REITs in the United States and is one of the fastest growing self-storage non-traded REITs nationwide. The SSTI management team is comprised of industry veterans with extensive institutional experience in the acquisition and property management of self-storage properties. Since the launch of SSTI in 2008, the company’s portfolio of wholly-owned properties has expanded to include 113 properties in 17 states and Canada that are being branded as SmartStop® Self Storage. The portfolio includes approximately 72,000 self-storage units and 9.5 million rentable square feet of storage space. For more information about SSTI, please call 949-469-6600 or visit



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