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iCan Bike Camp Teaches Riders of All Abilities


Learning to ride a bike is almost a rite of passage in childhood, but it's not so easy for everyone to pick up.

One program is teaching kids of all abilities, they CAN bike.

Nine-year-old Adam Selensky and his parents made the six hour trek to Bismarck--to be a part of this summer camp.

"We love the states so thought we'd come down from Regina." says Dwayne Selensky, Adam's dad.

"It's a bike camp." says 9-year-old Adam

Adam's parents learned about the iCan bike camp online.

iCan Shine, a non-profit organization collaborates with local groups to host iCan Bike camps around the country.

"Probably the primary individuals they serve have diagnoses of down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders, but anybody with a movement disability is welcome to join." says Heather Lundeen, camp director.

In its second year in Bismarck, Adam is one of 30 children who signed up for the program which helps kids of all abilities learn to ride.

"Adam has CP so his balance on his right side is off a little bit, so to balance on a bike is a little bit of a challenge for him." says Lynn Selensky, Adam's mom.

With the help of trained professionals and volunteers, participants first get comfortable navigating these bikes with rollers.

"This method has allowed them to be very confident on a bike with a lot of security and support to start with, to gradually wean away from that support and security." says Heather Lundeen, iCan Shine Bismarck Bike Camp Director.

"Trying to get him on the conventional two wheel, that's the dream, we'll see how it goes." says Adam's dad Dwayne.

A dream that may soon be a reality.

Adam's parents say they're proud that their son always tries everything, but with the help of this camp, he's on his way to becoming an independent rider.

Designer Genes of North Dakota, a Down syndrome support network, is sponsoring the five-day camp for the second year.

Tomorrow is Tandem Tuesday, where the children ride a tandem bicycle with one of the trained staff.

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