Five children and adults with disabilities from LADACIN Network were the recipients of customized adapted bicycles, thanks to a donation from RallyCap Sports and the work of the McLindon Family Foundation. The unique collaboration of these three non-profits resulted in five individuals with complex needs receiving a gift they will never forget.
The customized bicycles were presented to four children and one adult on Tuesday, November 15th at the Schroth Center in Wanamassa. Family, friends, classmates, and staff were gathered in the Great Room to cheer as the lucky recipients came forward to receive their bikes and take a victory lap around the room. One student rode by, yelling, “I’m livin’ the dream!” amid the cheers, applause, and confetti. Smiles were abundant, especially on the faces of the parents. There were even some tears, though they were of gratitude that their children would be able to participate in an activity with siblings and neighborhood friends, instead of watching from the sidelines.
The donation came about when Elaine Plasteras, the sister-in-law of Paul and Margo Hooker (Founders of RallyCap Sports) passed away in December of 2015. The Plasteras family decided that all of the memorial bequests would be donated to RallyCap Sports, so that adaptive bikes could be purchased for individuals with special needs, thus ensuring that Elaine’s memory would live on daily through the joys and smiles of these individuals.
RallyCap Sports heard of the work the McLindon Family Foundation of Louisiana was doing to donate custom bicycles for children with disabilities. The Hookers partnered with The Foundation to order five bikes for students and clients of LADACIN Network.
Mr. McLindon worked closely with Kyle Dow, Coordinator of Therapy at LADACIN’s Schroth Center, and her team of therapists to ensure the proper bicycle could be customized to each child or adult. The Plasteras family was at the presentation, along with Luke Sims from RallyCap Sports and Andrew McLindon, who traveled from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to assemble and present the bicycles. The children gave the Plasteras family gold medals as a thank you gift after receiving their bicycles and riding around the room to everyone’s admiration. It was a great day for everyone in attendance and will be remembered for a long time to come by the recipients and their families and everyone lucky enough to be there to witness the celebration.