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Down Syndrome Association Bike Camp Ready to Roll

Weeklong 'Lose the Training Wheels' program teaches people with disabilities how to ride a bicycle

The Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County is gearing up to host its third annual Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp June 11-15.

The camp is a huge opportunity for children, teens and adults with disabilities. In just five, 75-minute sessions, most will learn to ride a classic two-wheeled bike for the very first time.

People with disabilities will learn on custom-designed trainer bikes that accommodate individuals with special needs. This program provides a safe, confident way to learn. By the end of the week, 80 percent of participants are riding a typical two-wheeled bike, something they most likely would not do with traditional training wheels.

This is a big one week effort. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 11-15, inside the Page Youth Center gym. The fee is $125. Some scholarship funds are available.

Forty volunteers are needed daily to serve as spotters/runners, session greeters/hosts, volunteer coordinators, publicity coordinators, floor monitors, photographers, etc. This is a great team-building event and workout for any individual or groups.

And, of course, funding. Please share our needs to those who might provide a rider scholarship or event sponsorship. We are working to raise $5,000 to meet these needs.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and space is limited. Call 805.681.9165. Click here for more information.

— Retta Slay is the Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp coordinator for the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County.

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