Bike Camp for Children with Special Needs

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SOUTH EUCLID -- A group of Cleveland area children are losing the training wheels and learning to ride.

It’s all part of an innovative "iCan Bike" camp that took place this past week at Notre Dame College in South Euclid.

The camp is for children with special needs.

Organizers first started the riding camp using a series of adapted bicycles. By the end of the week, most of the campers succeed in riding a conventional bike on their own and without training wheels.

"First time I’ve been here, we would bike with special wheels like those and then now we just bike with regular wheels,” Maddie Carter said.

"iCan Bike" Director Deena Barrett said this sense of accomplishment also helps build a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

"They see this is something that they can do with their families, with their peer and that they can do it,” she added.

When asked what he learned at camp, Jacob Cowie enthusiastically said, “ride outside on a 2-wheeler.”

This is the third year for the "iCan bike camp.  It was formed out of the national "iCan shine” program.

More information can be found on the website.