UNION, NJ – Once again, Operation Rebound has stepped up to help disabled athletes by giving away two specialized racing bikes on Monday at Club Metro on Morris Avenue.
Sgt. Michael Boll, a Township of Union police officer and member of Operation Rebound, said “we feel obligated to help our athletes.” Boll said they gave away a recumbent bicycle valued at $2,500 and a hand cycle valued at $5,000. “Whenever we see a need, we try to help.” In addition to the cycles, two athletes received free Club Metro platinum gym memberships.
Mike Gehm, a Navy veteran, high school teacher and youth coordinator in Secaucus, received the hand cycle and a gym membership. “I can’t even put in words what this means to me.”
Union resident Megan Peters donated funds for the repairs needed for the cycles. “I heard about Operation Rebound and what they do, and I just wanted to get involved,” she said.
Operation Rebound team member Michael DeNicolo received a free platinum membership to Club Metro. He donated his recumbent bike to a woman in need from Springfield.
“Operation Rebound keeps the needs of veterans and disabled athletes in the public eye,” said Township Committeeman Clifton People, Jr. “I thank the team for all that they do.”
“This wouldn't be possible without our incredible support staff of volunteers and sponsors,” said Boll. “We are proud to be based in Union and couldn't be any happier being fully backed by the town and its residents.”