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Summer program teaches kids employable skills while building bikes

Summer program teaches kids employable skills while building bikes

Nine13sports in Indianapolis is bringing back a fan-favorite program for kids this summer. INDIANAPOLIS — Nine13sports in Indianapolis is bringing back a fan-favorite program for…

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Nine13sports in Indianapolis is bringing back a fan-favorite program for kids this summer. INDIANAPOLIS — Nine13sports in Indianapolis is bringing back a fan-favorite program for kids this summer: Kids Building Bikes.

Tom Hanley is the CEO of Nine13sports and an organizer of Kids Building Bikes.

"We really view the bike as the hook to get them in," said Hanley. "But those lifelong skills they are learning is why we created the program."

Kids Building Bikes is a hands-on, instructional program designed to put tools in the hands of kids. Over the course of a four-week, 16-hour curriculum, they learn how to problem solve, persevere, and think outside the box.

Students do that by building their own brand new bicycle.

"Give them an opportunity to learn those skills," said Hanley, "and ultimately build a brand-new bicycle that they earn and take home with them, along with a helmet, lock and tool set."

The idea came after Hanley launched Kids Riding Bikes back in 2012. He said the program saw immediate success and growth."We realized we had a bigger opportunity," said Hanley, "That was what ultimately led to the Kids Building Bikes concept."The Bike Lab, as it is called, is located in a historic warehouse just off 29th Street near the canal on Indianapolis’ near northwest side."We have 12 workstations here," said Hanley. "We are able to work with 12 students at a time. Each student has their own work bench with their own set of tools that allows them to work and do anything they need […]

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