“CYCLE Kids made me feel like I had just discovered I could fly! I feel good about myself. I feel healthy. I love it!” ~ CYCLE Kids participant, Harlem
Everyone who remembers the simple, yet powerful, act of learning to ride a bicycle as a child needs to know about the Cycle Kids Program, which is bringing bicycling to public school children in New York City.
CYCLE Kids not only introduces 4th and 5th graders to the joys of pedaling a bicycle in physical education classes, but also includes a curriculum that teaches smart food choices and healthy habits that can last a lifetime for participants and their families. The non-profit program, founded by Julianne Idlet, who was recently awarded a 2013 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, is further recognized for building self-confidence, encouraging literacy and fostering positive relationships.
You can help support CYCLE Kids by attending a benefit reception in New York City on Thursday, October 17, featuring Olympian Evelyn Stevens and other international stars of women’s pro cycling (below). They’ll share news of their amazing 2013 season and their commitment to nurturing the next generation of cyclists. There will be food, drink, up close and personal mingling and a chance to win a bicycle customized for the Giro Rosa.
CYCLE Kids has reached more than 1,000 children in New York City public schools and through partnerships with the NYC Police Athletic League, the Children’s Aid Society, and the NYC YMCA. I’ve attended CYCLE Kids launches at Brooklyn’s Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and the PAL Summer Play Streets Program, and was personally moved by the excitement that I witnessed among the children.
I hope you’ll join me and others who are passionate about cycling at what is sure to be a memorable evening! Tickets are $125. Register or contribute what you can by clicking here.
The photo above is from the CYCLE Kids video. Watch it. It will make you happy!