Cycle for Youth Science kicks off with 120-mile ride

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, there is a bike ride event to support teaching kids science, technology, engineering and math; however, before that, an organizer is taking his two wheels all across local counties.

Rob Condon is the executive director for the Young Scientist Academy, a non-profit that works to engage youth, especially in under-served communities, by providing services at minimal or no cost. Through career-building experiences, YSA aims to provide leadership, skills and confidence and establish partnerships and service opportunities with local communities.

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Condon said kids participate in scientific research that includes marine, environmental and atmospheric sciences, urban ecology, and computer engineering and programming. The organization recently got a sponsorship from nCino, which will allow them to expand their programs.

Tomorrow, Condon kicks off “The Tour de Cape Fear”, which will include a 120-mile ride through Pender, Sampson and Duplin counties to raise awareness about the program in rural communities.

On Saturday, the organization is holding a fundraiser with A Bike for Every Child called “Cycle for Youth Science”. The community Bike-A-Thon fundraiser is Saturday from 8-10:30 a.m. at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington. Registered participants will get sponsors and raise funds based on miles cycled during the event. Post-race prizes will be awarded for money raised, miles cycled and more.

The goal is to raise $30,000 for programs. All funds raised by the “Cycle for Youth Science” program will kick start YSA’s program in downtown Wilmington to provide an interactive “think tank” research facility and artistic space at the Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center.
Registration is open until race day for $40 and includes:
  • Park and race fees,
  • Cycle for Youth Science t-shirt,
  • Science and cycling SWAG
  • All race amenities and services,
  • Post race healthy snacks food and drinks.
YSA is always looking for volunteers. If you have expertise in science, technology, art, engineering, math, or just want to get experience yourself, contact Dr. Rob Condon at mnemiopsis@me.com or (910) 386-1867.