Elementary Students Surprised with Donated Bikes from Cycle Club

Published: January 29, 2016

Elementary Students Surprised with Donated Bikes from Cycle Club

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ten shiny, new bikes and one old-timey bike surprised a group of students from the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) during an assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Dugan Wellness Center on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus.

The assembly celebrated the recent donation of $15,000 raised by the Corpus Christi Cycle Club to implement the CYCLE Kids program, which aims to encourage lifelong healthy activity while combating habits of inactivity and poor nutrition.

Rolled out as a surprise during the assembly were the 10 top-quality children's bicycles for school use. The program also includes the curriculum, textbooks and staff training to implement cycling as a unit within physical education programming.

Ken Ham, Corpus Christi Cycle Club Past President, brought to the assembly his Penny Farthing bike, with its giant front wheel. Ham said the group is concerned with the rising level of diabetes in the Corpus Christi area and believes healthy lifestyles begin at this young age.

“We are trying to change a pattern,” he said.

Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez spoke on the subject of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, which also aims to keep Corpus Christi fit and healthy. And Mark Jordan, a Corpus Christi resident and Guinness Book of World Records holder for most pull-ups (4,321!) in 24 hours gave a motivational speech. Jordan spoke to the students about how fun fitness can be and that it can make them faster, stronger and smarter.

“Everyone has amazing in them,” he said to rally the young crowd. “Now, repeat after me: I can be anything I want to be.”

The students also received a safety briefing by University Police Officer Aaron Moss, who discussed hand signals and the importance of helmets.

The ECDC is an elementary school serving students, age three through the sixth grade that is operated jointly by the Corpus Christi Independent School District and A&M-Corpus Christi’s College of Education and Human Development.