The Hoboken Family Alliance is proud to announce the 2nd annual Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bicycle. HFA hosted New Jersey’s first camp last summer and is excited to host the program again at Hoboken High School this July.
Lose the Training Wheels is a national, not-for-profit organization based in Kansas that has conducted hundreds of camps over the past decade. The camps have an 80% success rate.
For children with disabilities, riding a bicycle is a gateway to inclusion, independence and acceptance. Children progress throughout the week, first starting on bikes equipped with different size rollers, instead of wheels, in the back. As the child becomes more balanced and comfortable riding the bike, an on-site bike technician and floor supervisor help advance the child to the next level. Within five days they are riding independently.
Last year’s sponsors featured Coca-Cola along with local businesses Litzky Public Relations and the Hoboken Business Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this year. “It’s been so exciting to see how quickly the kids adapt and progress each day,” says Kelley McCarthy-Kane a volunteer with the Hoboken Family Alliance who has been helping run the camp each day. “One day they’re riding the adaptive bikes and the next they’re pedaling away. It’s been great.”
McCarthy-Kane is one of more than a dozen volunteers who are helping the campers achieve their goal. Students from Hoboken High School, Stevens Institute of Technology and local residents including Joe Mindak, founder of h-Mag, have all been trotting around the gym to lend a hand. Local bike shop Flo on Wheels, Bike Hoboken, The Applied Group and the HoHa running club have also lent their support. On Thursday the Hoboken High School girls’ softball team volunteered before they headed out to the World Series in Minnesota.
If you would like to help out and be a volunteer, email Theresa Howard here.
Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp
Who: Children with special needs.
What: A fun camp to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bicycle.
Where: Hoboken High School, 801 Clinton Avenue, Hoboken, NJ
When: 75 minute riding session daily for 5 days from July 9 – July 13
Cost: Cost is $150 per child. Contact Theresa Howard here to participate or volunteer.