Special Olympian inspires Bikes for Kids

A bicycle can be the key to a child’s success, especially in the case of one local boy.

Christian Roscoe, a nine-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, will receive a free bicycle Tuesday afternoon at Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop as part of the Bike for Kids program in order to continue competing in the Special Olympics.  

Started by Charles E. Boyk Law Offices in 2009, Bikes for Kids is a program that gives away one bicycle every week from June 7 to August 16. With each bike giveaway, Wersell’s is donating a helmet and lock to each winner. Since the program started, Bikes for Kids has given away more than 60 bicycles to Toledo kids.  

Christian’s grandmother Carol Roscoe nominated the boy after his bike broke at the end of the past school year.

“This little boy has Aspeger’s and is the smartest, kindest boy I have ever met,” Carol wrote in her nomination. “He cares about others, and is helpful in any way he can think of, taking classmates under his wing. He was very proud of his achievement in the Special Olympics this year, but his bike broke at the end of the year which makes him very sad. He would absolutely love a new bike, and he so deserves it.”

Does your child deserve a bike?

In 150 words or less, anyone can explain why a child in their life deserve a new bike. While there are no set guidelines of what makes a nominee deserving of a bike, Bikes for Kids encourages nominators to think about how the child has positively impacted his or her family, friends, community or classroom.

“We hope giving Christian a new bike will help give him the freedom of competing once again at a sport he loves,” Chuck Boyk, owner of Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, said. “Any kid that takes the time to be kind to others deserves that chance.”

For those who would either like to donate a bike, or nominate a kid who deserves a bike, visit BikesforKidsToledo.com.

3:20 pm Tuesday, June 28.

Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop, 2860 W. Central Ave. 419-474-7412 wersellsbikeandskishop.com