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Mark Owens masters bike building to benefit kids

6/18/2015

Mark Owens, Director of Marketing at Skylight, recently ditched his suit for shop clothes and got stuck into helping build bikes to benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s NEOCycle Urban Youth Initiative.

The bike build took place on June 5 in coordination with the Cleveland Browns’ First and Ten volunteer initiative’s one-year anniversary and the Sports Commission, where Mark serves on the association board and chairs the Community Engagement Committee.  Throughout the day, more than 100 eager volunteers from the Browns staff and the Sports Commission got to work and built a total of 150 bicycles – with a little help from the 2015 Cleveland Browns rookie class who turned up at midday to lend a hand. The bikes, along with a helmets and locks, will be distributed at the NEOCycle Cycling Festival in September to youth from the City of Cleveland Recreation Center, who are top finishers in the Urban Youth Initiative’s physical and environmental summer program. 

Mark, pictured opposite with Browns Rookie Cameron Erving, said “It was a great to be involved and help build bikes for deserving kids in our community.  I vividly remember getting my first bike and it’s a very special thing.  A lot of these kids have probably never owned a bike before and some might not be confident riding one yet.  It will keep them active and give them a real sense of independence and responsibility. The day was all about giving back to the community and there was a real sense of purpose and fellowship.”

GCSC’s Urban Youth Initiative provides Cleveland’s underserved youth with experiences that show how sports empower and prepare people for success in life.  The NEOCycle program, now in its second year, will serve 40% more children than in the previous year.  To find out more information, please visit http://www.neocycle.org/UrbanYouth.

Check out our video collage below including great pics of the Cleveland Browns rookie class giving back.

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