Special-needs bike camp coming to Kennewick

Nonprofit program looking for participants
Special-needs bike camp coming to Kennewick
Horse Heaven Hills Kiwanis

Families with disabilities can now sign up for a special program that teaches people how to ride a bike.

International non-profit iCan Shine, Inc. is teaming up with local non-profits such as Horse Heaven Hills Kiwanis to bring the iCan Bike camp back to Kennewick.

Last year, all 14 participants were able to ride their own bike by the end of the five-day camp, according to Dawn King, president of Horse Heaven Hills Kiwanis. The average success rate is 80%.

“We are looking to help many individuals with disabilities learn to ride a bike,” King said. She praises the program for building confidence, inclusion with family and peers, independent transportation and improved physical fitness and mental health.

iCanBike takes place July 29-August 2 at Numerica Pavilion, formerly known as Southridge Sports and Events Complex and costs $200 per rider for the week. Riders must meet the following criteria:

Be at least 8 years old (no upper age limit)
Have a disability
Walk without an assistive device (e.g. walker or cane)
Be able to side-step swiftly to both sides
Be able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet at all times when on a bicycle
Have a minimum inseam measurement of at least 20″ when measured from the floor wearing sneakers
Not exceed 220 lbs.

You can sign up here.