RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School was the location for iCan Bike-Randolph, NJ, (Aug.6-10), a camp teaching people with disabilities to ride a two wheeled bicycle independently. iCan Bike would not have happened without the approval and assistance of Randolph Business Administrator Gerald Eckert, Director of Facilities Andy Hurd, and Secretary Luli Feti.
Jennifer Fano, Superintendent of Randolph Schools, stopped in to see the program and was delighted that Randolph High School could accommodate iCan Bike-Randolph. Several Randolph residents participated as riders, and of the 80 plus volunteers, a dozen were residents and high school students from Randolph.
Participants worked hard each day learning cycling skills with the help of their volunteers. The week ended successfully with approximately 80% of the riders being able to cycle 75 feet independently. On Friday, each participant ran through a tunnel formed by volunteers and was presented with a trophy for their accomplishments.
Participant, Christine Rybicki of Randolph said, “The iCan Bike program taught me how to ride a two wheeled bicycle which I could never do before and made it fun! The staff and volunteers were incredible!”
Co-hosts, Diane Doherty and Judy Lauber, were forced to look for a venue to host the camp on short notice back in mid-July, when the original gym that had been committed to them was reduced to half the size. This left the camp in a difficult position since the smaller space was inadequate for safety reasons and other activities would be taking place at the same time in the gym, which would have been uncomfortable and distracting for participants.
They called several venues in the area but all were unavailable. When Andy Hurd was contacted, he went into action, above and beyond to make everything fall into place. Randolph High School would be available, so Luli worked with Doherty and Lauber to fill out necessary forms and they received approval quickly.
"We were extremely grateful to Randolph High School and their staff, custodians and safety employees for the kindness and helpfulness they extended," said Dogherty. "Randolph High School certainly saved the day."