Awesome Adaptive Bike Giveaway for Children with Special Needs

Adaptive Bikes for a Child with Special Needs – How Awesome is That?

Image: Great Bike Giveaway There are few things more amazing than the freedom of riding your own bike for the first time, but for many children with special needs, that won’t easily happen without an adaptive bike.  The Great Bike Giveaway will help children with special needs by helping provide special adaptive bikes made JUST for these kids and their awesomely special needs.

This is the second year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. This year they are partnering with Buddy Bike, Rifton, Ambucs, Triaid Flaghouse and Tadpole Adaptive to give away adaptive bikes to children and young adults with special needs.

Not only is Friendship Circle an amazing resource for special needs families, they lead the pack when it comes to caring about children and adults with special needs. I encourage you to not only participate in this giveaway, nomination and voting process, but check out their site as well!

Why The Great Bike Giveaway?

Questions about the Great Bike Giveaway? Many children with special needs miss out on the childhood joy of bike riding because their physical or cognitive limitations make riding a bicycle near impossible. For this reason we have created a contest that will enable children with special needs to win a bike.

How the Contest Works

  • Between April 15th and May 12th a parent of a child with special needs can choose their bike and submit a picture of their child with special needs along with a short explanation of why they need an adaptive bike.
  • Once the entry has been submitted the participant will need to be nominated by 50 friends and family members to be entered in the drawing.
  • A drawing will be held for each prize to determine the winners of the adaptive bikes. Only those with 50 nominations will be eligible.

Director’s Choice Prize

In Addition to the drawing, five additional entries will be selected as Director’s Choice Winners. These winners will be chosen by the Great Bike Giveaway Contest Coordinator and will each receive a $500 Gift Registry courtesy of Tadpole Adaptive towards an adaptive bike.

New for 2013!

In addition to the bikes that have been sponsored, Individuals have the ability to donate to the Great Bike Giveaway to get more bikes added. Every time the donation meter is filled another bike gets added to the drawing!

To enter the Great Bike Giveaway visit www.greatbikegiveaway.com For contest rules visit www.friendshipcircle.org/bikes/rules.

How You Can Help a Child with Special Needs get an Adaptive Bike:

Image: Donate to help provide adaptive bikes to kids with special needs! Whether you have a child with special needs or not you can help more children with special needs win an adaptive bike.

1. Donate To Add More Bikes

You can make a donation on any of the bike pages. Once enough money has been donated an additional bike will be added to the Great Bike Giveaway.

2. Share and promote

Share about the Great Blog Giveaway! Let as many people as possible know about the opportunity to win an adaptive bike by sharing the the contest via your social networks and email. You can also check out our resources page for additional tools you can use to share the contest.

Your help in sharing this contest is greatly appreciated by Friendship Circle, The Adaptive Bike sponsors and most importantly by the special needs families who will have a chance to win an adaptive bike because of your efforts.

Know a Family Involved in the Great Bike Giveaway?

While you can still sponsor a family for the next few days, it’s just about time to push for those nominated and help them reach their minimum of 50 nominations needed to qualify for the bike drawing! If you know of a family, leave a comment with a link to their entry and I’ll append it to the post! The Cafe family can pull together this way!

Interested in spreading the word across all the major social media networks, maybe even blogging about it yourself? Feel free to share from this post, or for more options, you can find more Great Bike Giveaway resources on the Friendship Circle site and share away!

Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

Graphic Designer, Wordpress Addict, Blogger at Kat's Media & More
I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
Katrina Moody
Katrina Moody

Comments

  1. says

    I was just talking to a friend about not being able to ride a bike. Why he asked? I never got balance. We were poor & I didn’t have a bike. It wasn’t until my own kids were getting theirs that I tried & it was too late. After 10 falls, I was too scared to keep trying. So its great that you will give young special kids this opportunity.

    • says

      Ah, Roslyn I’m sorry you had so much trouble learning to ride a bike – a lot of times vestibular balance issues cause a lot of trouble riding bikes – as it’s just hard to find your center of gravity if your vestibular balance is off!

    • says

      Aw thank you Susan — I think these kinds of causes are such a great way to encourage folks in the special needs community. Heck, if I thought Logan would ride it, I’d submit a nomination for him! I know how hard it is for parents to get something as important but sometimes too-expensive bike when they have to adapt it for their child’s special needs!

  2. Akilah says

    Thus a great giveaway and an amazing cause. I’m a biker and I love to see parents out there on rides and at the parks sharing with their kids the joy of riding. My fave are the little multi person bikes like in the illustration

    • says

      Akilah –

      That is awesome! We only have one rider out of three – though I don’t know that adaptive bikes would help Bobby (he wouldn’t ride because of his vision) or Logan (who would LOVE it but I think he’d need a lot of one-on-one help to work with an adaptive bike – so that’s a possibility when he is more agreeable!). But being able to be outside and active with your kids, regardless of special needs, is such a big deal in this world where everyone is always on the computer. Thanks so much for your comment! Have you ever tried a multi-bike? I’d love to try one sometime!

  3. says

    What a great idea. Every kid needs to experience riding a bicycle, the independence of steering the wheel, peddling the wheels to push you along the sidewalk…there’s nothing like it.

  4. says

    Wow! What a fantastic idea. A beautiful cause! Thank you for sharing this. I am excited to share this information with my friends.

  5. says

    What an excellent giveaway and an awesome cause Katrina. Thank you for continuing to shine the light on behalf of children with special needs – you’re an inspiration!