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We are once again partnering with iCan Shine and the Orange County Convention Center to bring iCan! Bike Camp to Central Florida! Since 2011, The FOUNDATION has been creating gateways of endless opportunities for our riders - even producing an IRONMAN!
iCan! Bike Camp provides individuals with Down syndrome and ANYONE over the age of eight (8) who has not yet learned to ride a two-wheel bicycle the opportunity to gain this vital skill. Incredibly, 80% of the participants finish the 5-day camp able to ride a two-wheel bike.
Learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle has many benefits such as:
Join us as we continue to create an avenue to independence for the participants by helping riders gain assurance, self-confidence and giving them a gateway to become active members in their community.
When: July 23 - July 28, 2023
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Riders attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days between 8am - 5pm.
Orientation for riders, their families, and volunteers will be on Sunday, July 24.
Their adapted bicycling program had its genesis in the more than 20 years of research by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Richard retired from his academic career at the University of Illinois in 1998 and the first bike camp was held in 1999 in LaCrosse, WI. In the ensuing years, Dr. Klein and his wife, Marjorie, invested a significant portion of their lives in growing the program to three fleets of bikes and approximately 30 camps in 2006. Today these camps are held in 80 cities around the USA and Canada. With their new identity, iCan Shine, they plan to expand their program offering to include other activities such as swimming.
Learning to ride a bicycle can be a frightening endeavor. During iCan! Bike camps, riders learn to balance, pedal, steer and take off on their own, many in five days or less – a feat parents say is nothing short of miraculous, considering many struggle for years to teach their children how to ride a two wheel bicycle. When you enroll your child in an iCan! Bike camp, they will be assigned to a 75-minute riding session, which they will attend each of the 5 days. During this time, they will ride a bicycle that gradually introduces the natural instability of the bike as each child is ready. They will be assigned volunteers who will serve as their “spotters” to provide physical support, motivation, and encouragement.
While all individuals learn at their own pace, some will be ready to ride on two wheels as soon as the third day of camp, and historically more than 80% of children who attend our camps are able to independently ride a bicycle by the end of the five days. The goal of our program is to teach individuals to ride so that they can be independent riders. In other words, they have sufficient riding skills that they can start, ride, and stop their bike without any outside assistance. If you would like to enroll your child in an iCan! Bike camp please review the requirements for participation and indicators for success below and refer to our schedule for information about how to enroll in each of the camps we are currently offering.
Requirements for participation:
To ensure the safety of our participants and to help families determine if their son/daughter is ready for bike camp we have established certain criteria that all participants must meet to be eligible to attend a camp. These criteria are:
Indicators of Success:
The abilities listed below indicate the likelihood of any given participant’s success in learning to ride a two wheel bicycle at iCan! Bike camp: