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  • Wed February 18 2015
  • Posted Feb 18, 2015

It's not about the bike, it's about helping young people learn new skills and master physical challenges.The Youth Off Road Riders cycling program, offered through the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, has inspired young people to ride and even compete.


Here's an example: Willie, a West High School junior, has been involved since he was an eighth grader. Before joining YORR, he felt alone and disconnected from people with the same interests. The program gave him a place to meet other kids his age. He says the cycling community "gets me," and he now works at a local bike shop and competes successfully at the junior level. Willie is just one of the success stories at theYouth Off Road Riders program.


On Friday, March 6, YORR supporters are holding a fund-raising event from 6-9 pm at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Center lodge. The event, which will be a silent auction, includes a display of hand-built bicycles from the class of University of Iowa Professor Steve McGuire.


Learn more about YORR in this video report: http://youtu.be/upQKBe7mJjU or on its website.


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