HESRM Organizes Race for Veterans on September 10th
AmTrykes in Action Takes Place on September 10th at UM Circle
Oxford, Miss.—The Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management (HESRM) at the University of Mississippi will host the inaugural AmTrykes in Action Race on the UM campus on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 PM.
Participants will race using an AmTryke, a type of tricycle created for individuals who are unable to operate a traditional bike due to disabilities. An AmTryke is a therapeutic bike operated by hand and/or foot, accommodating riders of all ages, sizes, or physical limitations.
Teams will loop the University Circle 75 laps for the fastest time.
For the race, the HESRM department has collaborated with the Memphis chapter of Ambucs, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities
“Ambucs already has a Veterans Initiative program implemented, so they were perfect for collaboration for this event,” said Jaclyn Falzarano, race organizer and recreation administration graduate student. “Our goal for this event is to help provide mobility and independence for veterans in our region.”
For every registered team, an AmTryke therapeutic tricycle will be donated to disabled veterans. Prior to the race, teams will construct their AmTrykes with the help of local veterans.
Dr. Kim Beason, professor of park and recreation management, notes that AmTrykes in Action reflects how the department is helping the community. “We’re committed to preparing young professionals who provide recreation opportunities for all people,” Beason said. “This chance to help our veterans is a perfect opportunity for students to use their education while also practicing their vocation.”
The following local veterans will be receiving an AmTryke as a result of the contributions from the race:
Stephen Walker, Air Force, SGT
Marion Marshall, Army/Air Force, Staff SGT
Jerry Skillom, Army, E-7
Donald Thomas, Army, Captain
Tonda Williams, Army, Major
John Mask, Army, E-4
Benita Parson, Army, Staff SGT
Cecelia Collins, Army, SGT 1st Class
Wade Powell, Army, E-6