KI_bikes7Kittrell Job Corps Center student volunteers partnered with the Triangle Down Syndrome Network (TDSN) for the iCan Bike Camp.

This week-long camp is free for individuals with Down syndrome ages eight and older.  For this event, TDSN had over 40 riders participants and over 200 local volunteers, including the Kittrell students. iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities learn to ride a two wheel bicycle. Riders attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by volunteer spotters.

Kittrell volunteers included Sanara Sidney, Jeffery Hernandez, Kyle Woodward and Nadia Murphy. They said that they enjoyed helping and were grateful for the opportunity to give back to their community.

TDSN strives to be an effective and comprehensive resource on Down syndrome in the Triangle region and throughout North Carolina. They envision a community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential, and where individuals with Down syndrome and their families are welcomed with fairness, enthusiasm and encouragement in the community. TDSN is funded primarily through donations and small grants and rely on the help of volunteers to carry out activities throughout the year.