PressRelease May 2016

Mildred Kugler (third from left) is seen here at the Tour of Somerville bike race in 1940.

Tour of Somerville T-Shirt Designed by Local Youth

Somerville, NJ – Middle Earth, a nonprofit serving youth for over 40 years, announced the winner of the annual t-shirt design contest for this year’s Tour of Somerville, a cycling competition over Memorial Day weekend and community tradition for 73 years in Somerset County.

Each year, Middle Earth offers local youth the opportunity to create a unique design for the cycling competition and enter a contest to determine whose design will be featured on the event t-shirt. This year, Jojo Mosca, a senior at Somerville High School, won the contest with a bright yellow design that uses the letter O in the event name to be the wheels of a bike.

"We are proud of JoJo's artwork,” said Dr. Timothy Purnell, Superintendent of Somerville Schools. “We will join him in celebrating the Ville during such a wonderful community event!"

Jojo Mosca will be graduating from Somerville High School next month. He will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall and be majoring in Engineering. He also plans on playing basketball at Stevens. Jojo enjoys playing baseball with friends and mountain biking on the weekends.

"Jojo's design was selected for its unique incorporation of the bicycle theme, which we believe will appeal to our customers,” said one of the contest judges. “The design's clean lines translate well to t-shirt printing. We would like to congratulate Jojo on his success and creativity."

Tour of Somerville t-shirts can be purchased for $12 at Middle Earth's tent near the start/finish line at the Bound Brook Races on Sunday, May 29, and near the family fun pavilion on the Court House lawn at the Somerville Races on Monday, May 30. Additionally on Monday, Middle Earth staff and youth will be walking the race course selling the t-shirts. All of the proceeds of the t-shirt sales will benefit Middle Earth’s youth programs.

Please help to support the teens in our community by purchasing a Tour of Somerville t-shirt. For more information, you can call Middle Earth at 908-725-7223.

Middle Earth’s programs offer local youth a safe environment where they can use their free time constructively, engage with caring adults who listen, obtain help with homework, prepare for college and future employment, and participate in fun group activities. Their programs teach positive decision-making skills, acceptance of consequences for their actions, and leadership skills, as well as basic life skills such as budgeting, cooking, and obtaining a driver’s license. Learn more on their website,