Notre Dame College to Help Special Needs Youth Learn to Ride Bicycles, Call for Volunteers

For the fourth consecutive summer, Notre Dame College is taking part in iCan Bike, An Achievement Center for Children Camp, which is teaching youth with special needs how to ride conventional two-wheelers.

Volunteers are needed for the program June 23-27 on campus, which is coordinated by iCan Shine, formerly Lose The Training Wheels.

The iCan Bike program is for people with special needs ages eight and up. According to iCan Shine, more than 80 percent of those with Autism and 90 percent with Down syndrome never learn how to ride two-wheelers.

Up to 40 participants will become self-sufficient on bicycles in less than a week during the summer camp at the College.

The five-day program consists of up to five 75-minute sessions per day with a range of four to eight riders per session.

Those who wish to assist with the program must be at least 18 years old; able to attend 90 minutes at the same time each of the five days of camp; able to provide physical, emotional and motivational support to an assigned rider with special needs; and must be physically fit and willing to do light jogging and running.

To volunteer for the Notre Dame camp, contact Jason Baxter at or Rob Fellinger at



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