SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of elementary school students received brand new bikes Tuesday, thanks to a non-profit and the San Diego Chargers.
The players joined Bikes for Kids to give away 205 bikes to second and third grade students at Edison Elementary School. The students’ reaction was a gift for the players.
“It never gets old to see the reactions of the children,” San Diego Chargers Defensive End Vaughn Martin said. “They think it’s only one bike, two bike, three bike and then they find out everybody is getting a bike, it’s pretty awesome.”
The elementary school was picked based on the demographics. Edison is a Title I school, which means more than 95 percent of the students come from low-income homes.
“We’re not just giving kids a new bike,” Bikes for Kids founder Bill Pollakov said. “It’s their opportunity to get their first bike and sometimes get away from some really tough situations.”
It took a lot of hard work to make the surprise happen and the students did their part.
Every student wrote an essay about how they would make the world a better place, they’re methods were different but they all learned the same lesson.
“You have kids in this room that are good people and are going to be good people,” San Diego Chargers Defensive Tackle Antonio Garay said. “To reward them and have them riding around in brand new bikes is worth it.”