'Lose the Training Wheels' Camp Underway

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Ride until the wheels come off is just one of the goals at a kids' camp taking place at Huntington High School this week.

The camp is called “Lose the Training Wheels” and is designed to teach children with special needs how to ride a bike.

The 23 children in the camp will go through five different sessions throughout the week.

Athough the goal is to teach them to ride on their own, it also gives them the ability to play and fit in, according to camp director Gregg Twietmeyer.

Jamie Richards brought both of her daughters to the camp and says the benefits are priceless.

"Freedom, confidence, self worth, your self image improves, so much can be benefited from this, it's unlimited," Richards said.

Special adapters are attached to the bicycles to increase the child's sense of balance.

The camp has an 80 percent success rate for teaching kids to ride on their own.

Marshall University's School of Kinesiology is sponsoring the camp

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