iCan Bike Camp

This week was the first time I’d ever heard of iCan Shine – a national organization that “provides quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. By creating an environment where each person is empowered to maximize their individual abilities, everyone can shine!”

iCan Shine provides opportunities for kids all around the country to master recreational activities of their choice. They now have iCan Bike, iCan Swim and iCan Dance.

I am SO happy that I learned about this organization – it is AMAZING. And then, to make things even better, I learned about the Lydia Cox Memorial Foundation – another incredible organization that is here in St. Louis started by the family Lydia – an Extraordinary girl who from birth, used Down Syndrome to reveal her superpowers. Super Lydia passed away in October of 2009 at the age of 3 after a complication during heart surgery. Her legacy lives on through her foundation, and the Lydia Cox Memorial Foundation has used their funding to host an iCan Shine Bike Camp in St. Louis for the past 9 years.

Super Maria signed up for iCan Bike in St. Louis and was VERY hesitant to go. Even her new blue bike she was getting at camp wasn’t enough to convince her that this could be fun. She was scared, but she did it anyways.  I always tell our Squad that yes – even superheroes feel scared. It’s the courage to move beyond the fear that makes them superheroes. By the end of day 1, Super Maria was loving bike camp and making remarkable progress on her bike.

We were thrilled to join her by empowering the other participants on their last day of camp. The camp is just 5 days. At the beginning, none of the kids were independently riding their bikes on two wheels, and by the end everyone had either mastered it or were coming super close to riding a two wheel bike independently. It’s quite remarkable.

Super Maria was SO excited that the other campers were going to receive their capes today. When her mom came out to the living room this morning, Super Maria was ready to go in her TinySuperheroes Tee and Cape strapped on. 

Super Maria has the sweetest heart. I have the privilege of calling her a good friend as well as a member of our Squad, and seeing the way that her cape brings her courage is a daily reminder of the heart behind our Mission with TinySuperheroes.

The pride in her smile as we watched her ride her bike today is probably why the amazing volunteers who run these camps keep going…it’s unbeatable.

I encourage you to check out iCan Shine and see what programs are available in your area! It was an amazing experience to even get a small taste of their Mission today. You can find locations of their programs her

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