Volunteers Sought to Help Children Learn to Ride Bicycles
The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers to support iCan Shine, a five-day camp that teaches children with disabilities to ride two-wheel bicycles. The camp will be held during Fairfax County Schools' spring break, March 25 to March 29, 2013, at Lee District RECenter in Franconia, Va. Besides making a difference that will last a lifetime, volunteers will also earn one free RECenter day pass for each camp session worked (10 pass limit).
At iCan Shine camp, attendees, ages 8 to 18, learn to ride bicycles independently by improving balance, mastering steering, and overcoming the fear of falling. Approximately 85% of campers learn to ride a two-wheeler by the end of the week.
Volunteers will serve as "spotters" to run alongside children and to provide physical and emotional support. Administrative assistance is also needed. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. A five-day commitment is required and single or multiple sessions are available each day. Session times are 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.; 10:05 to 11:20 a.m.; 11:40 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; and 3:35 to 4:50 p.m.
iCan Shine camps, formerly Lose the Training Wheels, began in the Midwest in 1999 and are now held across the country. The camps were inspired by Dr. Richard Klein, a retired University of Illinois engineering professor with a lifelong passion for bicycling. His unique bicycle design features a roller in place of a back wheel and a handle on the back of the bicycle which allows a spotter to run alongside the rider to provide stability, support, and to prevent falls.
For more information, call Adapted Aquatics Coordinator LeeAnn David at 703-324-8565.