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What Phil had to say and there was one more bike than I realized so make that 102 kids back on their bikes . . .
“What a day! We had about 15+ DPR folks and family members that came out to repair bikes for the kids that live right around our DPR SJ office. When the day was done, we had fixed 102 bikes! Trumping our 93 the previous year at our office. Most of the kids said “HEY! You guys did this last year!”, and my leading questions help uproot the real issue. “Is this the only time that you get your bike fixed?” To which the response is unanimously, “Yes.” Other stories of not being able to get to school if they didn’t get their bike fixed, or having to use their little sister’s bike to get around. A lot of these kids have such desperate scenarios at home, but they have some huge hearts and are so grateful for what we do for them. The “FIXIE” revolution is taking place, which means skinny tires and a lot of flats! We equipped the older kids with patch kits and showed them how to use them, teaching some self-sufficiency in the process. For those of you who showed up, THANK YOU SO MUCH. These events would not happen without you!”
September 7, 2013, is our last Bike Repair Clinic for 2013. Hard to believe the warm spring/summer months are almost gone. Kids are headed back to school, and we want to make sure they have the ability to ride their bikes to school and get some great exercise along the way.
The San Jose Firefighters are hosting our next clinic:
Saturday, September 7, 2013 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Mt. Pleasant Rd,
San Jose, CA 95127
We anticipate a very large turnout as the Firefighters and Moose Lodge staff are getting the word out in the schools, lodge newsletters, in the Firefighter community and posting flyers. They also are making plans to have a fire truck there and some other fun things for the kids.
This location will be in the parking lot of the lodge, with plenty of parking. As always, pleases remember to bring your pop-ups for shade (there is some), bike sands, tools and your expertise on bikes. Lunch and water will be provided for the event.
IF you can help, please alert Monica@turningwheelsforkids.org .
Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Inc. and the City of San Jose today provided the first look and announced plans to explore new and cutting-edge technologies to transform the fan experience at the newly named SAP Center at San Jose. At a spirited unveiling ceremony attended by hundreds of employees of SAP and the Sharks, officials revealed the new arena brand and outlined a vision to make the location a showcase of innovative technology to help bring fans closer to the games and events. Officials also demonstrated the partnership’s benefits to the local community, announcing plans to dedicate proceeds from the five-year agreement to the San Jose Sharks Foundation and staging a volunteer bike-building event at the ceremony to benefit underprivileged families in the San Jose area.
As part of the SAP Center agreement, approximately US$375,000 per year will be directed to the Sharks Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community with an emphasis on education, health and safety and character development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Since its inception in 1994, the Sharks Foundation has given more than US$6 million to more than 120 non-profit organizations.
To commemorate the partnership’s community focus, hundreds of employees from SAP and the Sharks Foundation joined forces in a volunteer event to build bicycles with Turning Wheels for Kids on the arena floor immediately following the ceremonies. The bicycles will be distributed to low-income families and children in need throughout the San Jose area.