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2008 Cycle-thon and Picnic Attracts Record Number of Participants

Recap of Cycle-thon 2008.

by Joe Savrock (May 2008)

Cyclethon68.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Some 80 bikers, nearly double the number from the previous year, took advantage of ideal weather and an expanded program of activities to make the third annual College of Education Cycle-thon a huge success.

This year’s Cycle-thon, held April 27, offered a family-friendly atmosphere that included live music, games and activities for children, and a tasty picnic lunch catered by Clem’s Barbeque. Unprecedented numbers of cyclists and their families—about 150 people—turned out for the activities.

Cycle-thon continues to raise awareness for an important program in education, the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE). Throughout the course of the year, gifts totaling $6,550.00 have been made to support the program. SCOPE is a four-week on-campus initiative for high school sophomores from multicultural backgrounds who are interested in a career in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation, or educational administration.

This year, cyclists had a choice of two courses—a 13-mile loop along various bike paths throughout the Centre region, and a shorter 7-mile loop. “Most of the riders opted for the longer route,” said Craig Eozzo, Cycle-thon organizer. “We heard a lot of nice comments about how scenic this year’s courses were.”

Cyclethon152.jpgAs in previous years, Bob Swain, a friend of the College, displayed several of his unique apparata. He and several other riders maneuvered the Cycle-thon course on Bob’s five-person bicycle. Part way through their ride the bike’s chain snapped. But Bob and the rest of his team made the necessary repair and eventually finish the course.

A large number of College faculty and staff were on hand to enjoy the day’s festivities. “We caught a window of nice weather in between a couple of rainy days,” noted Eozzo. “The timing was perfect.”

Children were entertained by volunteers from the local SPCA in balloon-making and face-painting activities.

Cyclethon273.jpgNittany Wheel Works donated items for door prizes and provided mechanical bike support. Helping organize the event were the Dean’s Advisory Council, members of the College's Diversity and Enhancement Committee, the Office of Multicultural Programs, and former SCOPE participants who now are enrolled as Penn State undergraduates.

Anyone wishing to make a separate donation to SCOPE may do so through the University’s Development Web site. To designate SCOPE as the beneficiary of your gift, please enter “XCEMP-SCOPE” in the comment section.