Kindergarten students in Dupree, Lemmon and Faith are learning to ride bikes courtesy of the All Kids Bike program 

Sturgis, SD (December 19, 2019) – Kindergarten students in three rural western South Dakota schools will be learning to ride a bicycle in PE class thanks to a gift of 66 Strider balance bikes from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Flying Piston and Strider. The bikes were assembled by Buffalo Chip staff, packed into a trailer and hand-delivered to elementary schools in Dupree, Lemmon and Faith, S.D. Donations made through the Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles® and The Flying Piston made it possible for each of the schools’ Kindergarten PE programs to receive everything needed to teach children how to ride bikes. All three schools received teacher training and certification, a structured eight-lesson curriculum, a fleet of 22 Strider 14x Balance Bikes, 22 Pedal Conversion Kits, 22 fully adjustable helmets and a five-year support plan.

“We’re on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class,” said Strider President Ryan McFarland. “Through the All Kids Bike program, donors have placed these balance bikes into 165 schools in 27 states, impacting 68,000 students, and we have 62 schools on a list waiting for donors to fund their program. Learning to ride a bike builds self-confidence, not to mention a healthy lifestyle.”

The children were surprised with an assembly that unveiled the bikes and gave students the chance to test them out.

“This was truly a great day,” said Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “The looks on those little faces is something I’ll never forget. It was evident that some of them had never been on a bike and this was an opportunity for them to learn, to be part of the group and not left behind.”

Funds raised in upcoming Biker Belles and Flying Piston Breakfast events will continue to support the mission of All Kids Bike by providing Striders to additional schools. For more information on the All Kids Bike program and how to have Strider bikes donated in a school near you, visit https://www.allkidsbike.org/

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest-running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About The Flying Piston

The Flying Piston Benefit produces charitable events to assist in raising awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Good things happen when great people get together for a reason. That is evident at the annual Flying Piston Builders Breakfast held at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads on the first Sunday of the Sturgis Rally. Invited custom motorcycle builders whose work is featured in the Chip’s Motorcycles As Art Exhibition gather with industry notables and enthusiasts to raise funds for veterans and students entering powersports careers. Beneficiaries are Motorcycle Missions and AllKidsBike.org. For more information contact Marilyn Stemp at 828-205-8482.

About All Kids Bike

All Kids Bike is a nationwide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that rallies parents, educators, community leaders, health officials, and generous donors to place Kindergarten PE Programs into public schools for free.

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