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ICan Ride: Bike Riding Day Camp

By Pam Kirk April 6, 2021

Individuals with disabilities can achieve a dream at Easterseals “iCan Bike” June 7-11; registration deadline is April 19.

Children, youth, and adults with disabilities can achieve a dream – learning to ride a bicycle – at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center’s annual “iCan Bike” day camp June 7-11 at Evansville’s National Guard Armory. Registration deadline is April 19 and spots are limited. For details or to sign up, contact Patty Balbach, 812-479-1411, ext. 268, pbalbach@evansvillerehab.com.

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“iCan Bike” is designed for individuals age 8 and up with mild to moderate disabilities or disabling conditions (such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, obesity, coordination issues, etc.). Participants receive individual assistance while progressing through a series of modified and adapted bicycles. Each “camper” attends for 75 minutes each day, with sessions scheduled between 8:00am and 12:30pm OR between 1:00pm and 4:30pm. By the end of the week, the majority of participants achieve the goal of independently riding a regular two-wheeled bike with no training wheels or adaptations.

Registration cost of $170 includes the five-day “bike camp,” a bicycle safety helmet, and an “iCan Bike” t-shirt. Financial assistance is available, thanks to generous donors. Supporters of the 2021 “iCan Bike” include Bicycle Club of Evansville, Cycling Solutions, John Oldenburg Bike Fund, and Mother Bear Charitable Foundation.

Volunteers are needed to help “iCan Bike” participants achieve their dreams of riding a bicycle. Volunteers must be 15 or older, be able to run beside a child on a bike, and be available daily June 7-11 during specific session times. Potential volunteers are invited to call 812-479-1411, ext. 268, or email pbalbach@evansvillerehab.com.