Erika Ford helps attach brakes to a bike.
Dec. 8, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia Lady Bulldogs conducted their sixth annual holiday bike build on Saturday afternoon, turning the Stegeman Coliseum concourse into a massive assembly zone.
The Lady Bulldogs and Academy Sports + Outdoors partnered together to provide approximately 60 bicycles to worthy children in the Northeast Georgia area. The bikes will be distributed through schools in Athens/Clarke County and Jackson County that participated in the "Reading with the Dogs" program, as well as by the Boys & Girls Club of Athens.
The Lady Bulldogs, staff from Academy Sports and members of the Fastbreak Club, the Lady Bulldogs' booster organization, worked together to assemble the bikes.
"This is my fourth year putting together the bikes and I'm excited," said senior Jasmine Hassell. "It's become a great tradition and something we all look forward to. The Athens community supports us so much. It's great that we have an opportunity like this to say 'thank you' and give something back."
Lady Bulldog players originated the idea for the program six years ago during an early-December break from competition. All told, the Lady Bulldogs have now helped give away nearly 350 bikes over that span.
"I was excited about our original effort six years ago, but I didn't know that it would take off like it has," head coach Andy Landers said. "We've been able to provide well over 300 bicycles through the years. Our players get really excited as the bike build day approaches. Some of them have told me they see this day as the beginning of the holiday season."