|Tyreese tearing it up.|
STC partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Chesapeake, to recognize deserving children in their programs, and distribute the bikes and helmets. The Boys and Girls Club serves many students from a low socioeconomic status by offering program activities in the following five areas: Character and Leadership, Education and Career Development, The Arts, Health and Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. The Boys and Girls Club programs provide a safe place in the community, where at-risk children can go and learn skills to help them excel in school, and in life.
To select the Merry Spinmas bike recipients, the students filled out a brief questionnaire. The questionnaire asked:
- What is the student’s “Dream Bike”?
- How would the student use a new bike?
- Height and weight measurements for sizing.
Along with input from the directors at the Boys and Girls Club, STC selected the sixteen children to receive the Merry Spinmas bikes and helmets. The bikes and helmets were purchased to match the description of their dream bike from the questionaire.
The initial funds for this year's Merry Spinmas came from prize money of the Mid Atlantic Club Championships. STC won the division three championship, and donated used the $1000 earned to finance the first ten bikes. The remaining funds were raised through the STC blog from corporate sponsors, and generous individual donations. STC would like to thank all of the donors. We are passionate about this cause, and your donations helped immensely bring this to a reality.
Merry Spinmas Corporate Sponsors:
Mid Atlantic Building Services
Towne Bank - Chesapeake
Old Virginia Realty
East Coast Bikes
|Mr. B head STC wrench|
The Big Day - Delivery of the bikes!
The Merry Spinmas Sleigh was loaded with all of the bikes, and headed for Truitt Intermediate school. The jolly members of STC unloaded the bikes behind one of the portables to avoid detection.
The children who were receiving the bikes were escorted into the portable. Jimmy quickly gave a mostly coherent talk about bike safety, and the program. (Jimmy had knee surgery four hours earlier, and was still medicated). The kids lined up at the door, and rushed outside to check out the new bikes.
|Merry Spinmas Sleigh|