Deep roots in area
I'm an “almost native,” having lived in Colorado since 1978, graduating from Cherry Creek High School and receiving my undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado. I was born in Nebraska and came to Colorado when I was in eighth grade.
I lived in Greenwood Village and then in Littleton after college, working as an aerospace engineer and software developer. My wife and I moved into our current Centennial residence 20 years ago, wanting our children to go through Littleton Public Schools.
Coming to a calling
I've been involved with the Littleton/Centennial community ever since graduating from college, tutoring math and science at Littleton High School. After we had children, I was involved in their activities through coaching, refereeing, managing and sitting on booster boards for many basketball teams, soccer teams and other organizations. My godson, Jack, introduced me to the iCan Bike program back in 2009 when he took the very first camp that came to Colorado.
I've been involved ever since, and I can't thank him enough for showing me the fork in the road. This program is through the nonprofit organization called iCan Shine (https://icanshine.org) and teaches individuals with special needs how to ride a conventional two-wheeled bicycle over the course of a week during daily 75-minute sessions. However, it's so much more than just learning to ride a bike. It's the growth in a person's confidence and self-esteem that they can apply to other areas of their lives. It's inclusion with others; it's independent transportation; it's a change in family dynamics; it's an improvement in quality of life through recreational activities.
If you want to help
In 2018, I took over as the host for the iCan Bike camp in the Denver metro area and, with my sister and a couple of friends, formed the nonprofit Cycle Movement organization. It's 100 percent volunteer-based, and the sole purpose is to partner with iCan Shine to bring their iCan Bike program to the Denver metro area.
We'll be offering the iCan Bike camp in Centennial, July 8-12. You can register to become a rider by going to http://cyclemovement.bike.
Arapahoe High location
This will be the second year that the iCan Bike program is at Arapahoe High School. My two children graduated from there, and over the years, I've built relationships with the administration and faculty.
We rely on volunteers to help make our camp operate, and we'll need 60-plus to help spot and motivate our riders. If anyone older than 15 is interested in becoming a volunteer, please register at the Cycle Movement website. We also rely on donations and local business support to make this happen, so if you'd like to play a part, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always on scene
During my off-season (the other nine months of the year), you'll find me teaching little kids balance bike riding at South Suburban recreation centers, teaching teens and adults without disabilities bike riding, or working at the bike and ski shop at the Greenwood Village REI.
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