CDC & Oskar Blues Help Build and Donate 80 Bikes

The CAN’d Aid Foundation, Coors Distributing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery recently teamed up to build 80 bikes at Stoney’s Bar and Grill for the entire 2nd grade class at Goldrick Elementary School, a Title I school in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 97% of its students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Coors Distributing Company and Oskar Blues staff and more than 70 volunteers showed up to help build bikes on Tuesday, September 26th with the CAN’d Aid Foundation. The bikes were donated on Wednesday, September 27th by CAN’d Aid staff and volunteers to the students at Goldrick Elementary School.

“It was moving to see such a different group of people come together and rally around a common goal: providing bikes to kids in need,” said Sue Smith, a volunteer and member of the FBI Citizen Academy Alumni. “I remember as a kid in a family of seven, having a bicycle opened up the world to us. Instead of sitting in front of the computer or television, it meant we would be out exploring. Watching everyone work together to build bikes and pass on the bike experience to kids in need was inspiring.” More than ten FBI Citizen Academy Alumni volunteers helped with the local bike build.

Coors Distributing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Molly’s Spirits and Superior Liquor contributed $1 per case of Oskar Blues beer sold in July to make the bike build possible.

Yesterday students, parents and teachers gathered around as CAN’d Aid introduced Mike Murfitt Jr., a celebrated and charismatic BMX rider, who awed the kids with tricks, jumps and wheelies – but only after talking about the importance of bike safety and wearing a helmet. The children were called up by representatives from Coors Distributing Company, Oskar Blues and CAN’d Aid Foundation and were awarded their brand new bike and helmet.

“It’s a big deal for these kids to get a bike” Principal Jess Ridgway explained, “and it’s important for us to instill a connection for them to the outdoors and to provide them with a method of transportation to school.”

Goldrick offers after-school programs that meet the academic, physical and social well-being of students, including Club-Z, Destination Imagination, Denver Success Math and Reading tutoring, dance, chess club, choir, cup-stacking, and various organized sports activities. As a “neighborhood school,” the bike donation will help increase after-school program participation by providing an alternative method of transportation to students.

“This was such an amazing opportunity and an amazing gift. We are so grateful to Coors Distributing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery and the CAN’d Aid Foundation for making this possible,” said Tera Jones, Operations Manager at Goldrick Elementary.

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