Larken says that one of the best parts of being a PETM student is the opportunity to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom—experience that will translate to the real world. And during the summer of 2015, she added to her resume as she worked with iCanShine, a nonprofit organization that promotes physical activity for people with disabilities.
As part of the organization’s iCanBike program, Larken and a bicycle technician traveled around the country holding weeklong camps to help people with disabilities learn to ride bikes.Together the two held camps in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and several other cities.
At the camps they provided five 75-minute training sessions each day for five days, with the goal of getting participants independently riding on two wheels by the end of the week. They also helped adapt bikes for each rider’s own needs.