KBC partners with Bike Elf to help local kids earn bikes
Knoxville Bicycle Company has partnered with Bike Elf to help local kids earn bikes. Bike Elf “provides donated bicycles to children and young adults who earn them. The recipients earned the bikes through active participation in programs with partner organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley , Wesley House Community Center, and the Boys & Girls Club Smoky Mountains.”
If you’d like to get involved, “Bike Elf accepts GENTLY used bicycles for reconditioning and distribution. Bike Elf also accepts financial support to purchase tires, tubes, seats, pedals, brakes and other supplies it takes to refurbish bicycles.” To give financially, click here.
More About Bike Elf
The purpose of Bike Elf is to offer bicycles to children and young adults in East TN who might not otherwise have access to one. The bicycles are GENTLY used bikes that are donated and refurbished by Bike Elf.
All Bike Elf bicycles are given to recipients who have “earned” them, through participation in programs with partner organizations. Currently, distribution of Bike Elf bicycles is done exclusively through the Boys and Girls Club of Blount County. Jeff Money, the executive director at the Club, uses the bicycles to motivate Club members to do their homework, attend school, exhibit good citizenship behavior, etc.
Bike Elf is hosts Read, Write and Ride in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Tennessee Valley. The BGCTV and Bike Elf continue to incentivize and reward children with bicycles in connection with the recognition of education, community service, culture and sports achievements.
The mission of the BGCTV, “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens” strikes a chord with Bike Elf. We want children to earn their bicycle through participation in an incentive program or in a school-based performance improvement program. Bike Elf strives to see East Tennessee children outside, riding a bike and understanding the value of having worked for something they want.