IB Members, ROI2014 Attendees Volunteer at Boys & Girls Club

10421109_673781262704274_4994488896452990401_nMembers of the Injury Board recently joined ROI2014 conference attendees and other guests in Clearwater, Fla., to help make a difference in the lives of local children.

As part of the community outreach component of the ROI conference, the event—Play Day 2014—was held on May 8 at the Wood Valley Boys & Girls Club and included more than 60 volunteers from across the country.

During the event, volunteers worked hand-in-hand with children, ages 5-11, to build bicycles and help decorate helmets, which were both donated by The Injury Board Foundation. A total of 50 bikes.

10488219_673790709369996_1854317123857220005_n“The Boys & Girls Clubs are strategically located in low-income areas where the most needs can be met,” says Samantha Oliveira, multisite director, Boys & Girls Club of Suncoast. “We offer not just child care, but a partnership with the parents to help kids become all that they can be and ensure their future success. We try to give them opportunities that they otherwise might not be exposed to. This opportunity to get a bike of their own is huge to them; they could not be more excited!”

IB corp. member and bicycle safety expert Luke Elrath of Robson Forensic was also on hand to help explain proper bike-building procedures to volunteers and give bike safety presentations to the children. Once all of the bikes were complete, he examined them for safety before the children could take them home.

10509534_673798322702568_6394019963338066704_nIn addition to the bike build, we also be teamed up with the kids for a game of kickball and play time with some of the little ones on the playground.

Tampa-based IB member firm Wagner, Vaughan & McLaughlin also donated bike locks for all of the children so the bikes will be protected once taken home.

For more pictures from the event, please visit the Radius of Influence Facebook.

To learn more about our efforts in giving back to the local communities or how you can organize a bike build at your local Boys & Girls Club, visit injuryboard.org.

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