Zodo’s Bowled Over by Bike Safety-Savvy Adams Elementary Students

By Sam Walters for Zodo’s

Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond has donated free bowling and a free meal for each of the 75 second-grade students who completed the bicycle safety program at Adams Elementary in Santa Barbara.

“We are proud to help provide healthy and family friendly recreational opportunities for the Santa Barbara area,” said Sam Walters, CEO of Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond. “Supporting local schools and nonprofit programs like the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition are a perfect fit for us when we think about how best to give back to the community.”

“This is a very sweet reward for our second-graders who have worked hard over the past few months learning how to ride a bike, hand-signals, and the rules of the road,” said Julie Churchman, PE teacher at Adams Elementary.

“Bowling is a great sport for kids, especially early in their development; it includes movement, balance, and hand-eye coordination. We are very thankful to Zodo’s for this generous support,” she said.

The bicycle education and safety program at Adams Elementary was the launching point for what has become a bike friendly movement across Santa Barbara County. Churchman and Bicycle Coalition education director Christine Bourgeois started the program at Adams after learning about the model at a conference in Washington, DC.

With major support from the Audacious Foundation, Adams and the Bicycle Coalition have partnered for seven years developing this program. Today, the Bicycle Coalition serves 25 schools throughout the county in the bike safety and education program.

Since Adams Elementary has been one of the longest-term implementers of the education and safety programs, Zodo’s decided to partner with the school for this charitable donation.

“Bowling at Zodo’s is a safe and healthy recreation option for local children and families,” said Walters. “We want to help make other healthy activities, such as biking, more accessible to everyone in the community.”

Zodo’s, at 5925 Calle Real in Goleta, caters to all ages for bowling, food, drinks and entertainment. For more information, visit www.zodos.com.

To learn more about the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition (SBBIKE), contact Bourgeois aat edu@sbbike.org or 805-699-6301. For more about the Audacious Foundation, visit www.audaciousfoundation.org.

— Sam Walters is CEO of Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond.

Link to Noozhawk: https://www.noozhawk.com/article/zodos_donation_cheers_adams_elementary_students_for_mastering_bike_safety

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