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Notre Dame College Hosts Innovative Camp that Teaches Children with Disabilities How to Ride Bicycles

WHO: iCan Bike (formerly known as Lose The Training Wheels), is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, in partnership with Notre Dame College.

WHAT: A five-day camp for children with disabilities that provides each participant approximately one hour of instruction each day using a series of adapted bikes and techniques. At the end of the camp, typically more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike.

WHEN: Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lunch break is from 1 to 2 p.m.). The best photo opportunities are on Wednesday and Thursday, when the students advance to riding on two wheels.

WHERE: Notre Dame College, Joseph Keller Center, 4545 College Rd., South Euclid. Enter campus from South Green Rd., between Mayfield and Cedar Rds.

WHY: People with mental and physical disabilities typically have a more difficult time learning to ride a bike compared to their peers. The camp helps increase self-confidence and improves quality of life through physical activity, inclusion with able-bodied peers, and the ability to participate in a fun family activity.

CONTACT: Rob Fellinger, camp director - 216.410.3007

 

BACKGROUND:

iCan Bike is bringing its innovative style of teaching children with disabilities how to ride a bicycle to Notre Dame College from June 24 to June 28. 

People with mental and physical disabilities typically have a more difficult time learning to ride a bike compared to their peers. The iCan Bike five-day camp provides each camper with approximately one hour of instruction each day using a series of adapted bikes and techniques. At the end of the camp, more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike.

At Notre Dame College, iCan Bike is teaching 30 Clevelanders ages 8 and older with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike. This is the third year Notre Dame College hosts the program. To date, the camp has helped more than 5,000 people learn to ride bicycles without the aid of training wheels.

iCan Bike provides the equipment necessary to conduct the camp, along with professional expertise for technical support, training of staff and local volunteers, and knowledge about how to run a camp and facilitate the participants’ progress. The organization will conduct over 80 camps nationwide this year.       

Notre Dame College  is donating its facilities for the program and is providing about 75 percent of the 40 volunteers needed to make it a successful program. A large number of them are NDC student-athletes. 

Participants who have benefited most from this program are those who are able to walk without assistive devices, are able to sidestep quickly, can function in a social setting and are able and willing to wear a bike helmet. Most of all, participants should have the desire to “lose the training wheels.” The camp helps increase self-confidence and improves quality of life through physical activity, inclusion with able-bodied peers and the ability to participate in a fun family activity.

The camp is taking place in the Keller Center, Notre Dame’s indoor recreational facility. The College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.