Special Education Teacher Receives Strider Inspiration Award During Sturgis Rally

Rapid City, South Dakota

Learn more about Rapid City Central special education teacher Amy Speidel, recipient of the 2018 Strider Inspiration Award.

In front of an audience of over 1,000 attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame Breakfast, a passionate Ryan McFarland, founder and chief enthusiast officer of Strider Bikes, presented the 2018 Strider Inspiration Award to high school educator, Amy Speidel. Serving as the title sponsor of the breakfast, Strider Bikes awarded its second annual Strider Inspiration Award to Speidel, a special education teacher at Rapid City Central High School.

Strider recognized Speidel for incorporating Strider 20 Sport Balance Bikes into her high school classroom, utilizing them for the physical and cognitive development of her students. While their initial use was intended to focus on physical development, the bikes became a transformative tool for the students.

“Kids who I never thought would be on a bike at all, are now doing it every day,” noted Speidel. “We use them for recreation, social skills, community skills, physical therapy, adaptive PE, language development and behavior interventions. They’re incredible.”

On hand for the presentation was a student of Speidel’s, Grady Leonard, who progressed from an oversized tricycle to independently pedaling on two wheels after learning on a Strider. He plans to learn to ride a motorcycle by the end of the year, a goal that received loud cheers and applause from the motorcycle enthused audience.

Amy Speidel, recipient of the 2018 Strider Inspiration Award
Strider and All Kids Bike founder Ryan McFarland, a student holding a trophy, and 2018 Strider Inspiration Award winner Amy Speidel
A group of people doing wheelies with Strider balance bikes

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