Donation will help provide new bicycles for 1,000 underprivileged Utah children

SALT LAKE CITY - May 12, 2011 - Bikes for Kids Utah has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation to help support the organization's mission to provide new bicycles for 1,000 underprivileged Utah children each year.

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation also donated $40,000 to Bikes for Kids Utah in 2008.

"Bikes for Kids Utah was thrilled to receive the grant from The Sorenson Legacy Foundation," said Bikes for Kids Utah Founder Debbie Reid." In a day when there is such a problem with childhood obesity we are grateful that the Sorenson Legacy Foundation is assisting Bikes for Kids Utah in creating a change for Utah kids. Our goal is to inspire a generation to get on their bikes, get fit and create a healthy life."

On Saturday, May 21, Bikes for Kids Utah will give new bicycles and helmets to 1,000 pre-qualified second graders from across the Wasatch Front during its annual event at the Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray.

"Our board feels that Bikes for Kids Utah is a great organization and is doing important work with kids in our state," said Joe Sorenson, a member of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation board. "We're happy to be able to help continue to fund their mission. My wife and I have attended the bike giveaway and it was great to see the kids getting a bike who wouldn't otherwise be able to have one."

Each year, Bikes for Kids Utah relies on contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses to purchase bikes and necessary safety equipment for children. The organization holds fundraising events throughout the year, including an annual fundraiser dinner and - for the first time - a Utah Cycling Association-sanctioned stage race. Every contribution goes a long way: a donation of $50 can buy a bicycle, helmet, lock and Bikes for Kids Utah shirt for one child, while a $5 donation can buy one bike helmet for a child.

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