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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:39

STRIDER Gives Back Week 7 Winners!

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

Andrew from The Arc Alliance!

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Gabe and his classmates!

 

 Logan from Central High School!

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Emmitt from NADS!

 

Asher from NYL Lifestart NYC!

 

Jacob from Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group

 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:37

STRIDER Gives Back Week 6 Winners!

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

Alexis from Wings on a Prayer!

 

 

Joseph from Buddy Cruise, Inc.!

 

The Johnson family from Down Syndrome Family Connection of Indiana

 

Ryan from Celebrate Differences!

 

 

Pearl from Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan!

 

Tavrick from Down Syndrome Society of Wichita! 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:36

STRIDER Gives Back Week 5 Winners!

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

David from DSAG Knoxville!

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Griffin from Upside of Downs Northeast Ohio!

 

 

Michah from Stride Learning Center!

 

 

Max from Douglas County District Preschool

 

Lori from SOAR Ministries

 

Mia from the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia!

 

Andrew from Advanced Therapy Solutions of Arizona!

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:34

STRIDER Gives Back Week 4 Winners!

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

Jack from the Courage Center of Burnsville!

 

Landon from Flower City Down Syndrome Association!

 

Vollen from the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands in Omaha!

 

Belle from the Down Syndrome Family Support Group of SW Virginia!

 

Mason from Camp Cheerful!

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Sensory Processing Disorder Washington!

 

 

Gabriel from the Woodrow Wilson School Autism Program Bayonne!

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:29

STRIDER Gives Back Week 3 Winners!

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

Abbie with the National Lekotek Center! 

 

Jayda from the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County!

 

Kieran from Mended Little Hearts!

 

Grace from the Miracle League of Pensacola!

 

Jacob from the United Angels Foundation!

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Georgie from Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Foundation!

 

Sam from the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area!

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:01

STRIDER Gives Back Week 2 Winners!

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Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

 

Ben from GiGi’s Playhouse in Hillsborough, New York!

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Daniel from Utah Down Syndrome Foundation!

 

 

Sarah from the Down Syndrome Family Alliance of Greenville, South Carolina!

 

 

Abigail from the Oregon Northwest Down Syndrome Association!

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Jernie from Designer Genes of North Dakota!

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Jack from The Down Syndrome Information Alliance in California!

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Adeline from the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City!

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MiKayla from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Missouri!

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Friday, 17 October 2014 22:15

STRIDER Gives Back Week 1 Winners!

 

Congratulations to our STRIDER Gives Back daily winners for the week! Each of these individuals will receive a bike of their own, along with 6 more bikes to give to the organization to which they belong!

Layla from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio!

 

Michael from GiGi’s Playhouse in Iowa!

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Maison from Desert Valley Elementary in Arizona!

 

Samuel from Mobile Alabama Down Syndrome Society!

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Olivia from Buddy Talk in Arkansas!

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Tishina’s children from the Holly Ridge Center in Washington!

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Jennifer from Our Perfect Storm in Florida!

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 21:51

Great things are happening here in STRIDERVILLE!

 

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On Friday September 19th at 4:25pm at Main Street Square, Rapid City- Strider Sports International will host its first ever official Special Olympics exhibition race! For the past month, athletes from Special Olympics South Dakota Flame have had weekly STRIDER training sessions.

The riders ranging in age from approximately 8 to 35 are participating in this event without having any previous experience at all on a two wheeled bike. They are so excited to show off their new skills! The athletes have worked hard, and have come a long way. During the training sessions riders are practicing starting gates, riding side by side, ramps, passing, and other obstacles typical in a racing environment. Come by for this life changing event and cheer on the Flame! 

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 Meet Dave! Strider Bikes Logistics Specialist! 

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  1. I apparently know and care way too much about 1980’s movies (so says my wife, maybe it has to do with all of the movie memorabilia I have?  Nah….)
  2. I survived/completed the 2005 Ironman Canada race at 35 yrs old. Believe me, if I could finish the race anyone can.  It’s amazing what your body and mind are capable of!
  3. When I was 4 I found a piece of wire, bent it, and poked it into both sides of an electrical socket (not recommended). I thankfully survived, but I always wondered if maybe that’s why my hair was extremely frizzy and curly when I was a kid.
  4. I was adopted at birth, and was able to find and meet my birth mother in my late 20’s after about 4 years of searching. Pretty awesome.
  5. My favorite stand-up video game from the 1980’s was ‘Food Fight’. (Warning: reoccurring 80’s theme….)
  6. I did a marathon just before I turned 15. Afterwards, I sat next to the Yoplait sponsored booth (because I couldn’t stand anymore) and ate so much yogurt I had to take a many, many year hiatus from eating/looking at/thinking about yogurt.  I’ve now recovered (….from the yogurt thing.)
  7. I’ve been married for 13 years and met my wife on the internet (back in early 1994 when a lot of traffic was on ‘Bulletin Boards’ vs. browsers….. think 2600 baud modems….). We talked for months before finding out that we only lived about 6 miles away from each other.
  8. I get to be a dad (and regress back to playing like a kid)  with my two groovy kids: my son, Gage (10) and daughter, Quinn (8).  I’m teaching them about all things 1980’s (less the mullet and parachute pants…) hahaha!
  9. My favorite movie of all time is ‘Ghostbusters’! (I won’t mention how much memorabilia I have of this movie.  :)
  10. I’ve been slowly changing my entire wardrobe to one color (black) over the last decade or so, so there is less to think about when I’m groggy in the morning :) 

 

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 21:47

Mighty Mona AKA "David's Mom"

Mona Drolc is the Vice President of Ups of Downs Family Support Group, Black Hills Buddy Walk Director, Head Coach for Rapid City Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, instructs STRIDER Camp classes for kids of all abilities, and is a proud supporter of Strider Bikes! Mona is our guest blogger today, the photo below is Mona with her son David. 

As I sit watching David at swimming lessons, I think back to the day in December of 2006 when we received the phone call, I remember, like most, thinking our world had just completely ended. After talking to the doctors and seeing all the reports, we thought - wow can we do this? A couple weeks passed and as we were coming home from church one Sunday morning, I took Dennis' hand, gave a squeeze, smiled, and said to him "Everything is going to be okay", his response was "How do you know that?" I smiled again and said "God just told me" -- I took a big deep breath and said to myself "let the journey begin"

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Now here we are 7 yrs later with David doing awesome. We have had our bumps along the way, our struggles but have seemed to keep moving along. David has finished 1st grade, did wrestling again this year, completed gymnastics, just finished his first year of t-ball(batter batter as he calls it)and now is doing Young Athletes and swimming. YA has taught him so many valuable wonderful skills including learning how to ride a bike. Strider bikes were introduced to the class and at each class he just got better and better. The skills learned at YA and from Strider bikes has given him confidence, he is not afraid to participate with others, wants to be the coach to help his friends learn how to ride, and changed his attitude towards riding a regular bike as he has transitioned to riding a pedal bike without training wheels.

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He has a strong healthy attitude for life and instead of saying "I can't" - it is "no give up, I can do". On Saturdays when it is time for YA, he says "it's Strider time" and away we go. We were told David will never out grow Down syndrome but what we do will make his life either fulfilling or not; so what we need to do is give him every opportunity to succeed.  Watching him swim, ride bike, or play with his friends are just some of the things we are doing to make that happen.

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We know it is our responsibility to make a difference in his life and giving him every opportunity to succeed is what counts. God told me everything was going to be okay and right now, I have to agree as David's successes are pretty amazing which include winning the first ever Unified Strider US Championship race in June!

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If you are interested in participating in STRIDER Camp in Rapid City, South Dakota, or if you would like to host your own camp please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.striderbikes.com/special-needs-bikes for more information. 

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