“Let kids just be kids” is a common expression for kids to have unstructured time to play, be curious, and to discover the world around them.
Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) gives the expression new meaning for many kids. AHA is the foundation arm of Road Runner Sports and provides adaptive bikes free to children up to age 18 with permanent physical disabilities. Since its founding in 2000, AHA has given 1,222 bikes (and counting) to kids around the country—letting them go fast for the first time; essentially, letting them just be kids.
I recently caught up with Erin Campbell, AHA’s director and assistant to Mike Gotfredson, CEO of Road Runner Sports, to learn more about the program. One of the first things she shared with me gets to the heart of the foundation’s purpose:
“Nothing these kids and families do is easy. AHA is designed to make it easier for them. When children get adaptive bikes from us they can go out and play with other kids; without one, they’re sitting on the sidelines watching their siblings and friends out there riding and having fun.” [Continue Reading]