Strider Announces Education Foundation
Nonprofit To Donate Pedal-less Bikes to Organizations Serving Children
Rapid City, SD (July 12, 2017) — More than 74 million kids in the U.S. ride bicycles. Unfortunately, some children never experience the joy and independence of riding a bike. To inspire a love for riding in all children, Strider recently formed the Strider Education Foundation, a South Dakota nonprofit corporation with a primary purpose of distributing Strider Bikes to children with mental, physical, or financial challenges, through organizations committed to teaching them how to ride.
“At Strider, we love riding bikes and we love inspiring kids to ride,” said Strider Bikes Founder and CEO Ryan McFarland. “However, we know that many kids face much greater obstacles than learning to ride a bike. To do our part, we created the Strider Rider Fund to support charities addressing these challenges.” Since 2014 Strider has committed one percent of gross revenue from all sales worldwide to this fund.
“To date we have donated over $850,000 in cash and Strider Bikes to organizations that serve children in need,” added McFarland. “At Strider, we give generously, and we love doing it! And now with the formation of the Strider Education Foundation, a portion of the Rider Fund goes directly to the foundation. With nearly all of the Foundation’s overhead expenses covered, contributions from other donors can go directly toward getting bikes into the hands of organizations that teach riding."
This new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to improving the lives of children by using a structured environment to teach them how to ride. Children with intellectual disabilities, members of communities in financial need, and other deserving schools and organizations can all benefit.
While the official public launch of the foundation is slated for August 9, 2017, provisional Donation Request Applications are now being accepted at http://www.stridereducationfoundation.org/application.
For more information about the Strider Education Foundation, to donate, or to inquire about a Strider Education Foundation donation for an organization, please visit www.StriderEducationFoundation.org.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children ages 18 months – 5 years, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning, and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes which are distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.
AblePlay Endorsement of Strider Camp Shows Benefits for Children of All Abilities
Rapid City, SD (May 26, 2015) – Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce its Strider Camp, a five session Learn-to-Ride curriculum, has been highly rated by AblePlay as a “Great Find” that helps children with disabilities develop balance, coordination, and other valuable developmental skills. Recognized for their innovation, safety, and ease-of-use, STRIDER® Bikes join an elite list of products reviewed and rated by AblePlay.
“We evaluated the program under AblePlay “Great Finds,” as Strider Camp is not a toy, but a teaching tool to help kids learn to ride a bike inclusively and independently. Kids are having fun while working on their skills to ride a bike”, stated Ahren Hoffman, CTRS and Manager of Industry Relations & Partnerships for the National Lekotek Center. “Strider Camp received checkmarks in all five of the developmental categories—we were thrilled to award Strider Camp such high marks!” said Hoffman.
AblePlay is an online resource at www.ableplay.org that provides comprehensive research, ratings, and reviews on toys and products that are a good fit for children of all abilities. By providing concise, insightful reviews, AblePlay helps parents choose from among the thousands of toys for children.
The Strider Camp evaluation was conducted by Lekotek Certified professionals who have degrees and experience in special education, child life, therapeutic recreation, or other therapy disciplines. The AblePlay seal represents the quantifiable rating by disability category. The ratings concluded the Strider Camp, along with the STRIDER Bikes,promoted key developmental processes, including “action concepts, core strengthening, stability, coordinated movement, gross motor skills, balance, and self-esteem.”
“Our main mission is to give kids of all abilities the chance to experience the joy of riding a bike,” stated Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Sports International, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized by AblePlay and excited about the opportunity this gives us to share the Strider story with a new world of moms, dads, and young families. This endorsement of Strider Camp shows our training methods and our bikes are perfect tools for building confidence and bringing the thrill of the riding experience to children of all abilities.”
To see the STRIDER Bikes in action with kids of all abilities, visitwww.StriderBikes.com/special-needs-bikes.