For the fourth consecutive year, the School of Kinesiology is hosting the Lose the Training Wheels Camp July 14-18 at Huntington High School. The program, offered in concert with the nonprofit charity iCanShine, teaches participants with disabilities how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle.
iCanShine is a national organization that works with local organizations to host camps in individual communities. Staff members travel the country conducting the camps, and have an average success rate of more than eighty percent. Participants attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days.
Dr. Gregg Twietmeyer, associate professor of kinesiology, said the benefits are two-fold: one, participants can learn the joys of riding a bike, which can lead to increased self-esteem and confidence; and two, Marshall students who volunteer as spotters for the riders get to see firsthand the important role of physical activity in human well-being and culture.
“The School of Kinesiology is honored to again host the Lose the Training Wheels Camp. We’re hoping to have the maximum 35 riders this year. The more riders enrolled, the more people we can help discover the joys of riding a bike,” Twietmeyer said.
To be eligible to register for the camp, participants must be at least 8 years old and have a diagnosed disability. They must have a minimum inseam of 20 inches, weigh less than 220 pounds and be able to walk without assistive devices. Teens and adults may participate as well.
The registration fee is $100 and some scholarships are available. For more information on registration or volunteering, visit www.marshall.edu/lttwe. For more information on the camp or to inquire about scholarships, call Twietmeyer at ext.6-2938 or Dr. Jarrod Schenewark, associate professor of Kinesiology, at ext.6-2937.
Individuals interested in helping to defray the costs of the camp through financial donations may contact Rick Robinson, Director of Development with the Marshall University College of Health Professions, at ext.6-7081.
Photo: Staff member Megan Archer (left), stands with COHP student Amy Bowen (center), and camp volunteer Brianna (right) as they help 10-year old Sarah Brown learn to ride a bike during the 2013 Lose the Training Wheels Camp.