MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After the ribbon was cut the kids were off, peddling along a new bike trail.
“The main key is finding a Boys & Girls Club that has land adjacent to their facility," said Schejola Foundaition Manager Mike Szalkowski.
That’s why the Chisholm Boys & Girls Club was the perfect location.
“We want to get them outside the computer area," said River Region Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Rick Jackson.
Getting the money to build the bike trail wasn’t easy, but thanks to donations from the Schejola Foundation and WSFA’s Boys & Girls Club Telethon, over $30,000 went to funding the new trail.
“We donate $25,000 to seed a club and then they take it from here," said Szalkowski. "Currently, I think this is our eighth facility that we’ve funded.”
“The telethon pushed it over the edge and let us get more bikes and even helped us in completing this track," Jackson said.
The bike trail is over a quarter-of-a-mile long, but plans to expand the trail are already in the works.
“We want to extend our bike track more and get more and more kids on it, so they can stay off the streets," Jackson said.
“If you give them the opportunity in a safe environment and give them the skills, they’ll spend that time getting physical activity rather than sitting on their phones or on their computer surfing the web," Szalkowski said.
Which was their plan all along.
It’s not too late to donate. The Chisholm Boys & Girls Club still needs money to purchase more mountain bikes. Currently, they have 10.