United Angels Foundation is eager to announce the introduction of a new program that will kick off in Summer of 2015. Ride 2 New Heights, a week-long, bicycle training camp, will be held June 8-12 at Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale, UT.
The program is the first of it’s kind in the state, and is designed to build confidence and independence for children with special needs by teaching them to ride a bike. 40 youth will have the opportunity to participate in the camp that will lean on the assistance of more than 100 volunteers. Registration is open until all spots are filled.
Registration Steps, complete all three!
Details of Camp
The 2105 bike camp will partner with iCan Bike to provide training and equipment that has proven effective in teaching children with special needs to ride bicycles. iCan Bike began in 2007 and has successfully taught nearly 20,000 people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.
As parents, we strive to provide our angels with every opportunity to participate in activities that their peers so readily enjoy. One of the primary missions of Ride 2 New Heights is to provide parents and their children with tools to make that possible. iCan Bike trainers will work with each child for 75 minutes a day to develop their riding skills over the course of the 5-day camp. Each child will be paired with two volunteers who will assist them with balance and provide enthusiastic encouragement as they practice. The vast majority of riders who graduate from the camp will ride away on a two-wheel bike, without assistance. They will be able to return to their families and peers with knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate in activities that they have never before enjoyed.
For more information about how the camp works, see the iCan Bike website. Videos of the camp are available for you to watch. Those wishing to register can follow this link and complete each step of the registration process outlined.
Ride 2 New Heights came about after numerous member requests to offer a bike camp for our angels who struggle with balance and coordination. Steven and Sally Palmer of Draper, Utah approached the foundation in fall of 2014, anxious to finally make it happen. The Palmer’s were motivated by their 16 year old son, Elijah, who has Autism. Steven and Sally have since become the Ride 2 New Heights Program Directors and their efforts have been critical to getting the program off the ground.