On Monday, April 16, 500 participants from NBCUniversal came together on Pier 86, adjacent to the Intrepid Battleship. Spinning wrenches and twisting screw drivers, these participants were building a brand new NBCUniversal product. Little did they know, their customers were waiting just outside the tent doors.
As participants looked over the bicycle they had just built, Lead Facilitator Kim Nielsen informed them that, “Each mile a child bikes saves one pound of carbon dioxide emission and they breath sixty percent less carbon monoxide than motorists.”
“What you have built here today is more than wheels, pedals, and a frame, it’s a dream come true for a child,” said Nielsen.
Roaring applause greeted smiling faces as these youngsters were going to receive a brand new bike.
In 60 minutes these NBCUniversal participants built 60 dreams with a couple tools and some metal frames, imagine the difference that can be made with all the resources your company, your team, and you have to offer.
“And yes, these bicycles will be inspected by professional mechanics,” responded Nielsen to a comical inquiry.
In fact, Owner Steve Kahn and General Manager John Viscogliosi, from the local bike shop Danny’s Cycles volunteered to inspect every single bike that was going to the children of the Boys and Girls Club.
Danny’s Cycles has four locations within the boroughs, and has used each bike shop as a vehicle for creating a positive impact in the community.
Along with their time, Danny’s Cycles donated $600 to the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.
“Riding a bicycle before the age of 12 will lower children’s risk of obesity by 35%,” Nielsen stated.
“We could not be more grateful and appreciate all the work done to help get these children bicycles,” said Kenny Robinson, Program Coordinator at the Kips Bay location.