KIDS OF b.i.k.e. IN ACTION
Benevolence. Good Form. Simplicity. Team.
Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment or b.i.k.e. was formed January 10, 1995 for the purpose of providing opportunities for kids.
b.i.k.e. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. b.i.k.e.'s goal is to provide holistic personal, athletic, and academic success through the medium of bicycles. The bicycle is the tool we use to encourage children to race after their dreams. Cycling draws out a child's strength and courage while challenging their fear.
Through our six programs, b.i.k.e. makes a strong, individualized commitment to each rider. We support personal empowerment, transforming their lives. Our lofty outcomes are built upon a solid foundation of research-proven strategies for helping at-risk youth become resilient, productive, pro-social, powerful members of their communities.
Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment evolved from an outreach by the Portland State University cycling program of 1994 and then the Cyclisme Racing programs. Portland State University collegiate cyclists of this era were concerned cycling was considered to be an "elitist" sport. As a solution, they built a team of dedicated, young, cycling mentors who were always ready to extend a benevolent hand to the community.
Now in Oregon, Cyclisme Racing Programs cherish the many high-caliber amateurs who have brought home 118 state championships and 412 state medals. The team has been ranked in the OBRA BAR since 1995.
Cyclisme Racing Program has found and developed racing talent from all walks of life, fitness level, and age including the kids of b.i.k.e. on the roads of Multnomah, Clark, Clackamas, and Washington counties for 27 years! The kids of b.i.k.e. are the pride and joy of the Cyclisme Racing Program.
On the pathway to the children's dreams, they also develop a passion for the sport of bicycling. While that may seem self-evident, it is especially noteworthy because the sport of bicycle racing is predominantly a sport featuring very few faces of color.
b.i.k.e. intentionally adds diversity to the sport through our active participation in racing and bicycle events. Furthermore, our children are encouraged to become role models for tomorrow's peloton, largely absent in bicycling today. Accomplished faces of color like Olympic silver-medalist, Nelson Vails actively encourage the children.
With the tireless help of a core group of talented volunteers and a supportive Board of Directors, the good work continues ardently. Our vision for the future includes developing our team not only into competitive cyclists but also empowered leaders in our global community.
b.i.k.e. is transforming lives, one pedal stroke at a time.
WHAT WE DO
By tailoring bicycle programming to a team and the individual, the b.i.k.e. program gives kids standards of leadership and hard work that they can apply to every facet of their lives.
b.i.k.e. helps kids see themselves as leaders in a Global Community.
Answers to some important questions we get all the time - in one tidy place
Building resilient individuals, good social skills, positive self-esteem, and a sense of future
The stories of our past
have helped to build the
stories of our future, one pedal stroke at a time
This exceptional program, which has had more 13-15 year-old African American women team members than any other cycling program in the country, has been built upon the blood, sweat, and tears of a very small group of exceptional and dedicated volunteers for years. While b.i.k.e. has been incredibly effective to date, it is at a place where funds need to be secured to insure that the program is sustainable and increasingly vital in the years to come. We want to make sure that kids will continue to have the opportunity to participate in this life changing program. Utilizing this effective model on a broader scale in Portland and other cities like Syracuse, N.Y. is also a goal of this organization.
In order to achieve those ends, b.i.k.e. needs to secure funding to operate our programs and build a bricks and mortar foundation from which we can operate in the future. We are asking you to invest with us as have Oprah, Nike Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Black United Fund, Portland State University, Portland General Electric, U.S. Bank and scores of other organizations and individuals.
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