The Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation hosted its 14th annual PK Bike Day Sunday, March 26, celebrating 100 After-School All-Stars (ASAS) students by gifting them new bikes.
This year’s receiving students are from Dean Petersen and C.T. Sewell Elementary Schools. They were selected by their teachers and ASAS leaders based on merit such as academic performance, attendance, need and citizenship.
Each pupil, with the assistance of ASAS volunteers selected a new bike, was fitted for a helmet and received a lock to protect their new ride. The celebration happened at Piero’s Italian Cuisine where students were treated to lunch and a variety of outdoor activities and games.
This year alone, PK Bike Day raised $80,000 and will be donating a total of 200 bikes and helmets. The event has grown since its inception in 2004, providing 2,200 bikes to underprivileged children and raising over $600,000. Through PKYF, over $250,000 have been donated in college scholarships to local, first-generation students who maintain a 3.0 GPA, volunteer within the community and participate in extracurricular activities.
ASAS has been serving the Las Vegas community for 22 years. Today, over 6,000 students in grades pre-K to eighth, from 15 at-risk schools within the Clark County School District belong to the after-school program, which provides academic, cultural and athletic opportunities. ASAS students have been recipients for the past 12 years thanks to the continued partnership with PKYF.
PKYF’s mission is to provide support and encourage underprivileged children to pursue education, gain self-confidence through sports and achieve their goals to build character and become responsible and successful adults.
To get involved, donate or for more information, visit pkyf.org.