iCan Shine and Rockford Park District teams up for iCan Bike program

Staff Report

Nationally recognized nonprofit organization iCan Shine, Inc. will spend the week helping those who once thought their dream of learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels would never come true.

iCan Shine, Inc. and Rockford Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Department have teamed up to host the iCan Bike program.

The iCan Bike program is a five day camp that will be held Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14 from 9 a.m.-11:50 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. at Rockford Park District’s Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., in Loves Park.

20 participants will learn how to ride a conventional bike during this program.

To date, the program has helped more than 5,000 people in North America and more than 100 kids from this region will learn to ride bicycles without the aid of training wheels.

About iCan Bike

The purpose of the iCan Bike program is to help people with disabilities, ages eight to adult, ride a bike.

People with mental and physical disabilities typically have a more difficult time learning to ride a bike compared to their peers.

Each camper will be provided with approximately one hour of instruction each day, using a series of adapted bikes and techniques.

The camp helps increase self-confidence, improve quality of life through physical activity, provides inclusion with able-bodied peers, and the ability to participate in a fun family activity.

At the end of the camp more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike.

iCan Shine, Inc. provides the equipment necessary to conduct the camp, along with professional expertise for technical support, training of staff and local volunteers, and knowledge of how to run a camp and facilitate the participants’ progress.

The Rockford Park District provides the administration, sponsors, recruitment of children and volunteers, and other camp necessities.

The presenting sponsor for the iCanBike camp is the CWB Foundation, established by the late Cedric W. Blazer, a successful local businessman who wanted to provide philanthropic support predominantly for the benefit of persons with disabilities living in north central Illinois.

For more information about iCan Shine, Inc. and the iCan Bike program, visit icanshine.org.

For information about the Rockford Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Department visit rockfordparkdistrict.org/TR or call 815-987-8800.

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