The event was organized in the school yard with all children in attendance. The principal called each child by name to come forward and receive their new bike. The students were able to ride their bicycles right away in the school yard, creating a joyful and happy scene. The Sports Authority and the USS Foundation also organized face painting and balloon animals for the kids, and local police officers were on hand to provide a brief bicycle safety training.
The school is located in a low-income area, and the children were selected by the school based on their records of attendance, academic effort and good behavior. "Having grown up in poverty myself, I feel a great deal of empathy and affection for children living in tough circumstances," said Adel Sayegh, founder and CEO of the USS Foundation. "With our Adopt-A-Bike program we want to show the kids that there are people who care about them and they are not forgotten by the world."
"We were thrilled to surprise these deserving students with free bicycles, helmets, bike locks and a great event," said Paul M. Okimoto of Sports Authority." Sports Authority is a proud supporter of this community and greatly believes in improving the lives of children. We were very excited to partner with the USS Foundation through their Adopt-A-Bike program to encourage play and the discovery of the fun in sport."
The event was shown on local TV by Telemundo Channel 51. The moving company Two Men and a Truck provided the vehicle and manpower to transport the bicycles for the children.