Two TSV juniors completed the Ride of Dreams with Philadelphia based non-profit Neighborhood Bike Works. Saleem Coates and Mark Edens commented on their journey from Philadelphia to Washington DC.
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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER STORY: "Well Being: Ride of Dreams takes them far One hot, character-building day, 14 youths pedal off to D.C. with Neighborhood Bike Works.
By Art Carey/Inquirer Columnist ...Two years ago, Sergio Armani broke his tailbone in a bike accident. Sidelined, he began slipping into a funk.
Experience had taught him that the best way to parry depression is to help others. As an active Philadelphia cyclist, Armani, who lives in Fairmount, knew about Neighborhood Bike Works. Headquartered in the basement of a church on the edge of the Penn campus, the group teaches urban youth how to fix and build bicycles. Along the way, they also learn lessons about discipline, leadership, and character.
Armani had a wild idea, something he called the "Ride of Dreams": a long-distance, multiday bike tour. It would be a horizon-expanding thrill for the kids, he figured, and a way to raise money for the nonprofit, whose budget has taken a hit lately.... MORE "