RICHMOND, VA – (Tuesday, September 1, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to partner with REACHcycles to introduce Cycle Saturdays for youth with disabilities, September 12 through October 3 at Deep Run Park. Registration is available now for REACHcycles recipients at Sportable.org.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with REACHcycles and Henrico County to offer this one-of-a-kind program for youth with disabilities in our community,“ commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “As the leader in adaptive sports in the region, we are excited to forge this partnership that brings like-minded organizations together to provide an incredible opportunity to make cycling available for all abilities.”
With a mission to provide mobility and independence to children and veterans with disabilities, REACHcycles has donated more than 400 adaptive cycles since its inception in 2014. Sportable‘s newly launched Cycle Saturdays program coincides with one of REACHcycle’s quarterly Presentation Days that took place on August 30, where 25 youth were presented with specially-adaped, donated cycles.
Cycle Saturdays is designed to provide the opportunity for new REACHcycles riders to learn how to use their cycles, experience the freedom of riding independently, and enjoy socially distanced, small-group trail rides at Deep Run Park. Sportable and Children’s Hospital of Richmond will provide qualified cycling volunteers and experienced therapists to assist with the program, while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols.
“Cycle Saturdays is a fantastic way for our cycle recipients can learn to ride in a safe and controlled environment,“ added James Howard, REACHcycles President. “This program takes our mission a step further where we are not only providing the equipment, but also the skills and sense of community that will allow the kids to achieve a new level of freedom and independence. We can’t wait to get started this month!“
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line.
REACHcycles is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for children with disabilities. REACHcycles was established in 2014, as a chapter of AMBUCS, a national organization, founded in 1922. REACHcycles President and Sportable athlete, James Howard, experienced the benefits of cycling independently firsthand when he received an AmTryke for a disabled veterans cycling event. The valuable step in his recovery led him to create opportunities for more than 400 children with disabilities to receive custom, adaptive cycles and experience the freedom of riding a bike. Learn more at ReachCycles.org.