San Diego, California will host two cycling events to help underprivileged kids June 6, including a bike giveaway and trail ride for at-risk youth.
Held at the National City Boys & Girls Club between noon - 3 p.m., the 1st annual Kimberlee's Bikes for Kids event will provide 150 underprivileged kids with a free BMX bike and helmet, plus other goodies as well.
"It's going to be a great day," says Dan Gindling, president of Kimberlee's Bikes for Kids, a 501 (c) (3) foundation. "The industry support for our first year has been first class." Gindling was married to Kimberlee Caledonia, who died of brain cancer in March 2008.
In addition to the bikes, helmets, locks and door prizes, the children will receive:
* Safety and riding instruction from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
* Tips on fixing a flat from Randy Clark, a well-known San Diego cycling coach.
* Free repairs at numerous San Diego bicycle stores including Bicycle Warehouse, South Bay Bicycles and Holland's Bicycles.
Pace Sportswear has donated 150 Tour de France cycling caps plus jerseys and shorts. World Jerseys will be providing almost two dozen kid's jerseys. Mirrycle Corp. will be handing out bicycle bells with San Diego's Speedplay providing water bottles. And Lexco will not only give out 150 locks but other assorted door prizes, too.
For more information, visit www.kimsbikes.org.
Outdoor Outreach and Zoic youth ride
This year the 3rd annual Outdoor Outreach and Zoic youth ride will partner with the National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 6th at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Reserve in San Diego, California.
Outdoor Outreach programs support underserved youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy.
The Outdoor Outreach/Zoic ride will commence at 11:30 a.m. after a full morning of trail maintenance. The service project will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by free lunch, pony rides, music, and a sponsored giveaway from 10 - 2 p.m.
Zoic and other event sponsors will be raffling off several prizes, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Outdoor Outreach. Since its founding in 1999, Outdoor Outreach has taken more than 4,500 youth on over 1,300 outings, including rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking and backpacking. In 2009, they expect to serve 700 youth through 275 outings.
“By having Zoic put their energy and resources into this event, it allows Outdoor Outreach a venue to create local community awareness for the youth we serve as well as an opportunity to raise donations," said Chris Rutgers, executive director of Outdoor Outreach. "All donations will allow us to grow capacity throughout our organization and help us continue to transform the lives of at-risk youth through comprehensive outdoor programming,"
To pre-purchase raffle tickets before the event or for more information, visit www.zoic.com/ntd.