Kinesiology prepares for ‘Lose the Training Wheels’ camp beginning July 20


LeonHart_LoseTrainingWheels_2014For the fifth consecutive year, the School of Kinesiology is hosting the Lose the Training Wheels Camp July 20-24 at Huntington High School.

The program, offered in cooperation with the nonprofit charity iCanShine, teaches participants with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Funding for the camp was a concern earlier this year, but with the help of local donors and community support, the Lose the Training Wheels program will be offered for children with special needs who want to learn to ride, according to the camp’s director, Dr. Gregg Twietmeyer, associate professor in the College of Health Professions.

Twietmeyer said the college’s School of Kinesiology is honored to host the Lose the Training Wheels Camp for the fifth summer in a row.

GarrettHoward_MeganArchers_LoseTrainingWheels_2014“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.

The registration fee is $100, but scholarships are available. For more information on registration or volunteering, visit www.marshall.edu/lttw. Individuals interested in helping to defray the costs of the camp through financial donations can contact Rick Robinson, Director of Development with the College of Health Professions, at ext. 6-7081.

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Photos: (above)  Leon Hart (left) of Ashland, Ky., has volunteered for the Lose the Training Wheels summer camp since 2010. Hart is shown working with 11-year old Abbi Lockard (right) as she learns to ride her bicycle on her own during the 2014 LTTW program. (Below) Marshall staff member, Megan Archer (far right) poses for a photo with other camp volunteers after 10-year old Garrett Howard (center) received his camp medal during the 2014 Lose the Training Wheels Camp. For more information on this year’s camp, visit www.marshall.edu/LTTW.