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iCan Bike Camp Sponsored by SANDS
Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 8:00 AM – Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 5:00 PM MST
SANDS has partnered with iCan Shine Bike Program who is an international charitable nonprofit organization. They collaborate with local organizations and individuals and will be facilitating our Tucson Bike Camp. iCan Shine organization has conducted over 100 five-day iCan Bike programs in 32 States and 4 Provinces in Canada serving nearly 3,000 people with disabilities each year.
iCan Shine began in 2007 (under their former name Lose The Training Wheels) and, since then, they have successfully taught approximately 20,000 people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. The impact of learning to ride a bicycle independently, and the high level of success in helping people with disabilities accomplish this feat and continues to drive demand for this program and fuel thier growth.
Approximately 80% of the people who participate in iCan Bike program ride a two-wheel bicycle independently (at least 75 feet with no assistance) by the end of the five-day program while attending for only 75 minutes each day! The remaining 20% make tremendous progress towards this goal and leave the programs accompanied by parents and/or siblings trained as ‘spotters’ to pick up where they leave off!
What are Requirements for Participation?
(Rider must meet all of below criteria):
- Minimum of 8 years of age
- Able to sidestep to both sides
- Have a disability
- Able to attend camp all 5 days
- Able to walk without assistive device
- Maximum weight 220 lbs.
- Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
- Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers)
- Able to bring own helmet and bike
- Register for camp
****** Mandatory Orentation on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Grand Luxe Hotel & Resort, 1365 West Grant Road for Volunteers and Parents/Guardians ******
How Parents & Guardians Can Help?
- Refer to the website www.icanshine.org where there are many videos of bike camps on the home page. Riders can see pictures of roller bikes and watch videos to see what they will be doing during the program.
- Limit anxiety by arriving 5-10 minutes before the session start time to sign in, get a name tag and meet and greet your rider’s assigned volunteers.
- Be prepared – snack, water and restroom stop before your session.
- Make sure to attend all 5 days of the program. Every day is important.
- Make sure rider has a properly fitted bike helmet.
- Dress rider for bike riding (shorts, t-shirt, sneakers). No open toe shoes are permitted. Baggy pants, and long skirts or dresses are prone to catching in the wheels, gears or chain of the bike and pose a safety hazard.
- Make sure the rider gets adequate sleep & nourishment. It’s hard work riding a bike for 75 minutes.
- Parents or guardians may be asked to leave the riding area if their presence is a distraction to the rider’s ability to remain focused. Please don’t take it personal as our mutual goal is to get your rider riding by the end of the program. We will consult with you and make this decision together.
- No biking at home this week. Only biking at the bike program.
- Do not introduce any new activities this week because we do not want to overload the rider with too many new skills. Learning to ride a bike takes a lot of motor planning and processing.
- Talk about each day’s activities at home. Help set goals for the next day (e.g., number of laps, time on the bike before breaks, etc.)
- Discuss rewards for riding (immediate and long term). We encourage non-food related rewards. If rewards are food, then we ask you to save it until after the session ends.
- We prefer a guardian remain on site during the program in case of emergency and to offer support to their rider. You won’t want to miss the progress your rider makes and the first time they are on two wheels!
- After the program week many riders will still need the assistance of a person running alongside. Identify this person and have them at camp on Friday, dressed for running. iCan Bike staff will train your family designee to spot the rider.
- Celebrate! It is quite an achievement learning to ride a two-wheel bike in only 5 days. Take photos and share them with friends and family and on our Facebook page. Bring family members on Friday to join in the celebration.
Please plan to attend our 45-minute orientation on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Grand Luxe Hotel & Resort, 1365 West Grant Road
During this orientation, you will learn about how the iCan Bike program operates, what to expect each day in your role as a volunteer spotter and you will receive training tips on spotting your assigned rider. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and meet other volunteers in your session. Also, please plan to arrive each day of camp 15 minutes prior to your session start time for a daily strategy/briefing session.
Spotter: Walk/jog/run alongside a rider as they are learning to ride a bike during a 75-minute session (with short breaks) for 5 days Monday through Friday. You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed.
NOTE: Volunteer spotters will walk/jog approximately 3 miles during EACH 75-minute session so please keep this in mind if volunteering for multiple sessions.
We ask volunteers to commit to attending all 5 days of camp for the session(s) you select. Riders bond with their assigned volunteers and rely on the same person to be there to support them each day of camp.