Edgehill Bike Club: Helping Kids Ride to Brighter Future-Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Sunday, August 24 2014, 11:24 PM CDT
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A local family is turning their loss into something their neighborhood can gain from, using bicycles.
Terry Key and his wife, Kim Waters worked to get out of South Nashville public housing and into a home of their own. Unfortunately, they lost their dream house in the May 2010 flood. The couple says as a result they and their three children were placed back into the Edgehill community.
Terry Key says," I said if we gotta come back out here to this neighborhood, then we gotta make a difference."
Key took his lifelong passion of bike riding and used it as the key to making a difference in others' lives. With the help of his family, Kevin Key, wife and family, in 2013 he started the Edgehill Bike Club. The non-profit refurbishes bikes for kids in the low-income area. Key says it started out with 40 bikes donated from Hands on Nashville, that the family gave away this past Christmas at their church.
Terry Key says, "I knew we started something special."
So special that the group gained interest from city leaders like Mayor Karl Dean and Key was honored with a Strobel Award for his efforts. The bike club has now handed out more than 400 bicycles. It's a family effort: Key's own children are fully trained and certified in bike repairs and safety.
Terry Waters, Key's 12-year-old son says, " It puts a smile on their face, puts a smile on your face."
The program also takes group bike rides, and teaches kids and their parents how to give back to the community and make it a safer place.
Key says, "They hear gunshots and that's a sad thing. We're just trying to keep these kids positive and in school."
Edgehill Bike Club partnered with an after-school program at the nearby Sudekum Apartments, and now has a second bike club chapter there (Sudekum Bike Club). The Sudekum academic program is led by residents.
Key says, they placed a new bike repair kit on the property Saturday and today it was put to use by dozens of children.
Terriana Waters, Key's 15-year-old daughter says, " I hope we can spread the bike club to all neighborhoods from low-income to even high income."
Key says, "We're trying to bring back the fun in the neighborhoods."
Edgehill Bike Club is a non-profit in need of help to continue. Key says they are rapidly outgrowing their space, and need a place to hold more organized programs for the children. He adds that they are always looking for more donated bikes to refurbish and funding. If you would like to volunteer, donate or find out more about the group, contact:
Edgehill Bike Club Founder
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