Lose Training Wheels at NDC

Kids Lose Training Wheels at NDC

Lose The Training Wheels, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, is once again bringing its innovative style of teaching children with disabilities how to ride a bicycle to Notre Dame College from June 25 to June 29. 

People with mental and physical disabilities typically have a more difficult time learning to ride a bike compared to their peers. The Lose The Training Wheels five-day camp provides each participant with approximately one hour of instruction each day using a series of adapted bikes and techniques. At the end of the week, more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike. To date, the camp has helped more than 5,000 people learn to ride bicycles without the aid of training wheels.

At Notre Dame College, Lose The Training Wheels is teaching 30 Clevelanders ages 8 and older with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike. This is the second year Notre Dame College and parent advocate Megan McMahon have partnered to bring the camp to NDC.

Lose The Training Wheels provides the equipment necessary to conduct the camp, along with professional expertise for technical support, training of staff and local volunteers, and knowledge about how to run a camp and facilitate the participants’ progress. The organization will conduct over 80 camps nationwide this year.       

Notre Dame College is donating its facilities for the program and is providing about 75 percent of the 40 volunteers needed to make it a success. A large number of the volunteers are NDC student-athletes. 

Along with Notre Dame College, the camp is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland, Penske Automotive Group, Bettcher Industries, Inc., and other generous individual contributors.

Participants who have benefited most from this program are those who are able to walk without assistive devices, are able to sidestep quickly, can function in a social setting and are able and willing to wear a bike helmet. Most of all, participants should have the desire to “lose the training wheels.” The camp helps increase self-confidence and improves quality of life through physical activity, inclusion with able-bodied peers and the ability to participate in a fun family activity.

The camp is taking place in the Keller Center, Notre Dame’s indoor recreational facility. The College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.