Partnering with the Riekes Center

We believe that every potential partner is as individual and unique as the students who come to the Riekes Center. We will happily custom-design a program to fit your needs, schedule, and budget. If you are interested in exploring collaboration with the Riekes Center, or if you have questions about an existing partnership, please contact Jeremy Hartje at or (650) 364-2509.

Current Partners

The Riekes Center is deeply connected to the mid-Peninsula community, and beyond, through partnerships with schools, athletic teams, and local groups. Some of our projects include:

 AFFF provides assistance to jumpstart new ideas and solutions to current problem by partnering with and supporting many creative individuals and non profit education companies around the world. We are thrilled to have received a grant to help us kickstart our new Media Maker Lab.  Learn more about the organization and program here. is the nonprofit division of Sparkfactor Design. In keeping with ourMaker roots, our programs center around technological and philanthropic innovation and STEM Education for underprivileged communities. They also focus on corporate giving, and on making it as simple as possible for other companies to donate.  They are the partnering with AFF to support the new Maker Media lab here at Riekes.  We are thrilled! Learn more about the organization and program here.

United States Olympic Committee

The Riekes Center offers adaptive sports programs to individuals with disabilities through its collaboration with the USOC and US Paralympics, who designated the Center as Paralympic Sport Club Menlo Park in 2011. For more information, please click here.

Athletic Republic

The Riekes Center is a proud member of the Athletic Republic. If you want to train to get better for your sport, Athletic Republic Performance Sports Training is your answer. Nation-wide, 156 training centers prove that Athletic Republic is the premier destination for intense, individualized, sport-specific training. Athletic Republic seamlessly combines science and sports to make athletes of all ages and abilities faster, more agile and more powerful. Our patented machines and proprietary programs have elevated thousands of competitors’ performance and dramatically changed the landscape of training in this country. For more information, please click here.

VA of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Livermore and San Jose

The Riekes Center partners with local VA facilities, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Livermore, San Jose, Monterey, Martinez, San Francisco and Stockton.  This partnership allows us to help veterans define and achieve their goals in Athletic Fitness, Creative Arts and Nature Awareness. Veterans currently participate in Strength and Conditioning, Archery, Biathlon, Sitting Volleyball, Track & Field, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, Photography, Film, Music and Nature Awareness programs.


SICKSPORTS is a new social media app created for 13-22 year-old athletes, teams, fans and everyone with a voice in sports. SICKSPORTS combines publishing tools and team communications tools – along with conversation around content featuring rising stars, top plays, hot topics and teen reporters’ interviews. Athletes training at the Riekes Center feature prominently in SICKSPORTS original content, and the center has its own Riekes Channel on the app to share the diverse athletic goals pursued here. The company’s mission also makes it an ideal Riekes partner: SICKSPORTS nurtures and inspires young women and men in their personal development through the power of sports.

Decision Education Foundation

We collaborate with the Decision Education Foundation to provide a mentoring program for youth. We are also working together on a documentary project to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Every individual has important decisions to make, and everyone can benefit from making better decisions. DEF delivers Decision Skills in different formats to reach a variety of audiences.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

In 2015, the Riekes Center received a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. This funding allows us to provide strength & conditioning training sessions twice per week for the NorCal Quakes, the Riekes Center’s wheelchair rugby team.

Advocates for Athletes, LLC

Advocates for Athletes (A4A) is a local, affordable, hands-on consulting and coaching business created to help guide student athletes and their families in their pursuit of a college scholarship.  A4A helps many Riekes Center students to navigate the college recruiting process with successful results.

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT)

Our year-round program for EPATT students focuses on Athletic Fitness programs (“The How, What, and Why of Wellness”).  Our summer EPATT program serves up to 200 students and includes group circuit training with Strength and Conditioning Coaches as well as one-on-one mentoring by Riekes Center students in basic weightlifting techniques.

RPM (Riekes Philosophy and Methodology)

RPM is a unique, joyful and effective formula for facilitating Peer Mentoring relationships, developed by Gary Riekes. It enables care giving and care receiving to pass fluently between both people in the mentoring relationship. RPM often creates positive, transformative life outcomes for the students involved. This method is used by Menlo School along with other schools in the area. Read more

Eastside Prep

The Freshman Wellness Program is a two-week series of classes that helps teens make meaningful and informed decisions about their physical health. Dynamic in-class instructors and certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches provide personal training routines and the technical, medical, and nutritional information necessary for each student to exercise safely and efficiently, and to live a long and healthy life.

Riekes Center Strength and Conditioning Coaches also coach Eastside’s Track and Field team, leading the team to their most impressive showing in school history in 2014.

Summit Public Schools

The Riekes Center has a strong relationship with Summit Public Schools, which include Summit Preparatory Charter High School and Everest Public High School, both located in Redwood City, along with Summit Public School: Rainier and Summit Public School: Tahoma, which are both located in San Jose.

Creative Arts Intersession– The Riekes Center provides Summit students with an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity during two month-long Creative Arts Intersessions. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in Hip Hop, Musical Instrument and Jam classes, Movie Making, Electronic Magazine Publishing and Black & White or Digital Photography. During the two month-long sessions, in January and May, Summit students immerse themselves in an art, then showcase their hard work at a blowout recital in June. Classes satisfy UC requirements for high school creative arts.

After-School PE – The Riekes Center also runs the after-school PE program for Summit Prep. Each student receives a personalized workout plan, specifically designed to meet his or her individual goals, as part of our CORE program.

Synapse School

The Riekes Center partners with Synapse School to provide a Nature Awareness & Creative Arts programs as well as athletic fitness programs. An independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, Synapse offers an advanced academic curriculum fully integrated with social emotional learning.

La Entrada School

Creative Arts and Nature Awareness – Our instructors work with 32 La Entrada students every week in small groups, teaching students the basics of guitar as well as outdoor education, leadership and sense-of-place training. In addition, our video instructor teaches an animation class on site for La Entrada students.

Laurel School

Recess Supervision Program – Riekes Center coaches and instructors provide athletic supervision and play basic Nature Awareness games during recess with first- and second-grade students at Laurel School in Menlo Park.


In addition to working with individual athletes, the Riekes Center Athletic Staff is proud to train many area high school and college sports teams with group workouts:

Menlo-Atherton – Football

Eastside Prep. – Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Track & Field

Menlo College – Women’s Wrestling

University of California, Santa Cruz

The Riekes Center runs weekday homeschool nature programs and summer camps at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. We also collaborate in hosting Arboretum outreach events, including Hummingbird Days.

4 Elements Earth Education

We collaborate with 4 Earth Elements Education in Grass Valley, a wilderness skills school for youth, to offer 4 Fires, a teen wilderness summer expedition. This is an advanced nature skills week, where we offer the opportunity to meet and share skills with teens from similar nature programs throughout the state and to learn from instructors from different schools. Other schools who participate are Outside Now of San Luis Obispo and Wilderness Youth Project of Santa Barbara.

8 Shields Institute

With 8 Shields Institute, we collaborate on nature connection events, such as the Art of Mentoring. We also collaborate on Nature Awareness staff training events.

Creekside Learning Lab

The Riekes Center’s Nature Awareness department runs both in-school and after-school programs with Creekside Learning Lab.

San Mateo County Parks

We collaborate with San Mateo County Parks to provide weekly nature programs and summer camps at Huddart Park in Woodside.

Pie Ranch

The Riekes Center’s Nature Awareness department collaborates with Pie Ranch on staff training.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band named and dedicated the location where we run programs at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.  We also collaborate with the tribe to host “work-learn” parties at the Arboretum.

Ocean Grove Charter School

The School believes in educating each of its students for the 21st century by providing individualized learning opportunities in small learning communities that incorporate meaningful parental participation, choice, and involvement with curricula emphasizing personalized learning environments. The Riekes is proud to be Oak Grove certified.  


The PRT mission is to explore postural adaptations and asymmetries and their influence on the polyarticular chains of the body. Our mission is based on the development of an innovative treatment approach that explains the primary contributors of postural kinetic and kinematic movement dysfunction. Tim Dempsey the Riekes Center Athletics Director is PRI trained.