On Saturday, May 4, from 10 am-1 pm, the Mastic Sports Club Kyle’s Sports for Special Needs and AMBUCS Long Island, is hosting a Bike-a-Thon event at William Floyd Middle School with the assistance of the William Floyd High School Key Club and William Floyd student-athletes. The event is designed for riders in kindergarten through fifth-grade to have fun while raising money for children (residing in the William Floyd School District) who are in need of an adaptive bicycle. The rain date is Sunday, May 5, at 10 am.
The William Floyd High School Key Club, under the guidance of their advisor, Michelle Montalbano, along with high school student-athletes and physical education chairperson, Brian Babst, will be on hand to assist the students along the course and to cheer the participants on.
The Key Club, whose focus is on community service, has been volunteering throughout the year at Kyle’s Sports’ bi-weekly inclusion program in which children with special needs gather to play sports and ride their bicycles together.
Key Club member Matthew Austin has benefited from the AMBUCS adaptive bike program. Matthew, who also volunteers as a coach at Kyle’s Sports, received a bike through AMBUCS at one point. He has since transitioned into a typical bike, but is grateful to AMBUCS for helping him make that step by providing him an adaptive bike and the opportunity to ride. Matthew will be donating his adaptive bike back to AMBUCS, so other riders can have the same opportunities.
Kyle Meier, who also serves as a Key Club member and is the inspiration behind Kyle’s Sports for Special Needs, has also benefited from the program. Kyle is the grandson of Debbie Metz, founder of Kyle’s Sports for Special Needs and the president of AMBUCS Long Island.
The Mastic Sports Club Kyle’s Sports Ride-Along Program and AMBUCS Long Island enables all children with special needs or disabilities the opportunity to ride along with their peers and socially interact within the community and at school events. “I am proud to be the founder and president for two adaptive sports organizations and programs that enrich the lives of children with special needs and disabilities. Inclusion is for every child,” added Mrs. Metz.
Although all are welcomed and encouraged to attend, the riding portion of the event is only open to riders in kindergarten through fifth grade. Skateboarders and scooter riders are welcome and all participants must wear a helmet.
Attendees are encouraged to park across the street near the Kyle Sports’ Playground at the Moriches Athletic Complex. There will also be face painting, music, cotton candy, food and more available. Come on out for a great time! Click here for the event flier.