iCanBike Camp at MSU teaches people with special needs to ride two-wheeled bikes
Contact person: Camille Carskadon
STARKVILLE, Mississippi—The Mississippi State Department of Kinesiology is hosting its third annual iCanBike Camp May 16-20 at the Sanderson Center. The program is offered in partnership with the non-profit charity iCan Shine and teaches participants with special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle independently.
iCan Shine is a national organization that works with local organizations to run camps in individual communities. Staff members travel the country to run the camps and have an average success rate of 80%. Participants attend a 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Gregg Twietmeyer said the benefits are two-fold:
—participants can learn the joys of cycling, which can improve self-esteem, self-confidence, physical fitness and peer inclusion; and
—MSU students, who volunteer as spotters for runners, experience firsthand the important role of physical activity and play in human well-being and culture.
“Our goal is to help as many runners and their families as possible in 2022, especially after a two-year COVID hiatus. It’s the only camp in Mississippi and one of very few in the entire southern United States,” Twietmeyer said. “The more children we enroll, the more we can help children discover the joys of cycling.”
To be eligible to register for camp, participants must be at least eight years old and have a diagnosed disability. They must have a minimum inseam of 20 inches, weigh less than 220 pounds, and be able to walk without assistive devices. Teenagers and adults can also participate.
The registration fee is $100 and some scholarships are available for those who need them. Runners who attend Starkville County Oktibbeha School District can attend camp for free through a partnership between SOCSD and the university.
For more information on signing up or volunteering, visit bulldogbike.msstate.edu. For details on registering through the partnership with SOCSD, contact Julie Jones, SOCSD’s Director of Student Support Services at [email protected] or 662-615-0059.
To learn more about the camp or to inquire about a scholarship, contact Gregg Twietmeyer at [email protected] or 662-268-7533.
Those interested in helping to defray the costs through financial donations or sponsorships can contact Trish Cunetto, director of development for MSU College of Education, at [email protected] or 662-325-6762.
Founded in 1903, MSU’s College of Education is home to six academic departments, a research unit, and numerous service units. To learn more about the college, visit www.educ.msstate.edu.
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