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Huntington Camp Teaches Youth With Disabilities To Ride Bicycles

Reported by: Send eMail Taylor Deer, Dave Benton
Reported: Jul. 14, 2014 9:49 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 14, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
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Lose the Training Wheels Camp
Marshall School of Kinesiology Photo

Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

For many of us, learning how to ride a bike was a great accomplishment as a child. But, some children living with disabilities are learning how to pedal at a special camp this week at Huntington High School.

It's called "Lose The Training Wheels Camp" and it's life changing for a lot of children with special needs. Statistics show 80% of kids with disabilities never learn how to ride a bicycle.

More than 20 kids started camp Monday by learning how to ride with help from a volunteer and outfitted bikes. Each day the training apparatus changes so that eventually the child learns how to ride without any help at all.

"It's incredible, you have these kids come in that are unable to ride a bike at all and then in a week they're able to ride on their own and have that independence and it's just awesome," Jenna Saltsgaver, a volunteer, said. "It's kind of a right of passage for a child. It's crazy because the parents get to see them learn something they did as a kid."

The bike camp is sponsored by Marshall University.





A summer camp at Marshall University this week is teaching youth with disabilities how to ride two-wheel bicycles on their own.

Marshall University’s School of Kinesiology is hosting Lose the Training Wheels Camp from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Huntington High School for the fourth consecutive year.

The program is operated by iCanShine, a national organization that works with local organizations to host camps all over the country. Staff members travel from state to state to conduct these camps. The average success rate is more than 80 percent by the end of the week.

Participants of the event are able to attend 75-minute sessions for five consecutive days to learn to ride freely on bicycles for a $100 registration fee.

A limited number of scholarships are available for the camp for those in financial need.

Campers must be at least 8 years old, have a disability, be ambulatory without an assistive device, be able to side step quickly to both sides, be able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet, be at least 40 inches tall and weigh no more than 220 pounds.



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