Volunteers sought for ‘Lose the Training Wheels’ program next month

LTTW_1Volunteers are needed for the 2015 Lose the Training Wheels™ camp, a program that teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle.

The Lose the Training Wheels camp is offered through a partnership between the School of Kinesiology and the nonprofit charity, iCanShine. The camp uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained professionals to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride.

This year’s summer program will take place from July 20 to 24 at Huntington High School. With 75 minutes of daily instruction over five days, over 80% of the disabled campers learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently. The group is hoping to get volunteers for those 75 minutes a day to help a child, who may never otherwise be able to learn to ride, gain self-confidence and be given the opportunity to participate in activities with family and friends. The same two spotters work with the same child all week, so they can share in the pride and joy of their success at the end of the week.

Organizers say this is a great opportunity to share your love of physical activity and help a child and his or her family achieve something they may not have thought possible. To learn more about the 2015 Lose the Training Wheels camp, visit www.marshall.edu/lttw. To download the Volunteer Registration Form, visit http://www.marshall.edu/lttw/Volunteer-Registration-Form15.pdf. For questions, contact LTTW program director Dr. Gregg Twietmeyer at ext.6-2938 or e-mail twietmeyer@marshall.edu.