People with special needs can ride a bike - see the video below as to why the Strider is the perfect vehicle
On Friday September 19th 2014, Strider Sports International hosted the first ever official Special Olympics exhibition race! For the past month, athletes from Special Olympics South Dakota Flame have had weekly STRIDER training sessions.
The riders ranging in age from approximately 8 to 35 are participating in this event without having any previous experience at all on a two wheeled bike. They are so excited to show off their new skills! The athletes have worked hard, and have come a long way. During the training sessions riders are practicing starting gates, riding side by side, ramps, passing, and other obstacles typical in a racing environment.
Strider believes every person should have the chance to ride a bike. “Some people told us David would never ride on two-wheels, but starting on a STRIDER Bike gave him confidence and newfound freedom,” said Mona Drolc, Head Coach for Rapid City Special Olympics Young Athletes Program and instructor for STRIDER Camp classes.
David is 7 years old, has Down syndrome and won the special needs exhibition race at the STRIDER World Championships last year. Mona, his proud mom, added, “he’s not afraid to participate with others and wants to help his friends learn to ride. It’s changed his attitude towards riding a regular bike, and he easily transitioned to riding a pedal bike without training wheels.”
In 2014, Strider donated a total of more than $300,000 through the Rider Fund, of which more than 75% went to individuals with special needs. Through 2015, Strider expects to donate over $400,000 to non-profit organizations and is earmarking $200,000 to the Special Needs community. Strider also works with Special Olympics Young Athletes Program and sponsors the 2015 National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walks.
“Learning through a safe progression of walk, stride and glide, STRIDER Bikes greatly improve the motor skills, core strength and balance of our students,” said Kim Burke, PT, MPT at LifeScape, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities. “Individuals with disabilities usually get less physical activity than those without disabilities, so we are excited to partner with Strider. If kids can walk, they can ride a STRIDER and become more active and happier—every kid deserves a chance to learn to ride a bike!”