The iCan Bike Camp kicks off at the Orange County Convention Center on August 2rd. Sponsored by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida, iCan Bike (formerly known as Lose the Training Wheels) is a week long camp designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently. By the end of the week, most riders are riding a standard bike....without training wheels!
The mission of this camp is to teach individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities to ride a conventional two wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives. For many people, it’s a seemingly impossible task to master but with this program 80% of the participants usually do it in less than a week’s time. Within days of learning to ride, many individuals begin exhibiting independent behaviors at home. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Club members who have volunteered in the past have said that it is a life changing experience for them as well. This year, the event takes place from August 2nd - 7th at the convention center at 9800 International Dr. Volunteers are being sought to walk or run alongside bicyclists, help with check-in, distribute helmets and snacks, meet and greet riders. You may volunteer for one or more sessions for one or more days. Sessions are: 8:30, 10:05, 11:40, 2:00 and 3:35 each day.
You can click [here] to register as a volunteer.