Cycle-Thon to benefit underrepresented high school students

April 14, 2010

High school students in historically underrepresented groups will be the focus on Saturday, April 17, as cyclists, walkers and runners have a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Registration for the College of Education’s fifth annual Cycle-Thon and fun run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Sunset Park on McKee Street in State College. The event starts at 10 a.m., and the family-friendly festivities will take place until 2 p.m. The main event features a 13 1/2 mile bike ride and a 5 kilometer walk/run.

After the ride/walk/run, there will be a picnic in the Sunset Park pavilion with free activities for everyone. Participants can bring a lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from Honeybaked Ham and enjoy the incredible collection of bicycles that Bob Swaim has accumulated over the years. Participants will have the opportunity to take a ride on the "conference bike," a seven-passenger tricycle. The Nittany Lion mascot will be on hand as well.

Proceeds from Cycle-Thon benefit the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE). SCOPE is a four-week initiative for rising high school juniors in historically underrepresented groups who are interested in a career in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation or educational administration. The program addresses areas including academic and study skills, admission criteria/application processes, financial aid, leadership, community service, cultural-affirmation and career and personal development through a nurturing environment.

Cycle-Thon helps pay for the students' tuition and room and board at University Park. Registration is $25 for adults and nonstudents, $20 for college students, $15 for K-12 students. Children five and under can participate for free.

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