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BMX riders share positive message

Posted: November 6, 2012 - 1:44pm
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EXCITED CHILDREN CHEER DURING A DEMONSTRATION BY THE FREESTYLE CONNECTION BMX STUNT SHOW AT HAMMOND HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORTH AUGUSTA THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 1, 2012.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF  EXCITED CHILDREN CHEER DURING A DEMONSTRATION BY THE FREESTYLE CONNECTION BMX STUNT SHOW AT HAMMOND HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORTH AUGUSTA THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 1, 2012.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF
EXCITED CHILDREN CHEER DURING A DEMONSTRATION BY THE FREESTYLE CONNECTION BMX STUNT SHOW AT HAMMOND HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORTH AUGUSTA THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 1, 2012. MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF
EXCITED CHILDREN CHEER DURING A DEMONSTRATION BY THE FREESTYLE CONNECTION BMX STUNT SHOW AT HAMMOND HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORTH AUGUSTA THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 1, 2012. MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF

BMX bike riders from The Freestyle Connection BMX Stunt Showsped up as they approached the ramps in Hammond Hill Elementary School’s parking lot.

When they got on the ramp and went airborne, pupils cheered in excitement and quickly looked to see what the next rider was going to do.

Thursday’s BMX bike show was a reward for pupils selling at least 10 boxes of cookie dough during a recent PTO fundraiser, said Joye McCurry, vice president of fundraising.

Pupils who sold 15 or more boxes got VIP treatment and received a VIP pass, front-row seating at the show and autographs. Funds are going toward renovating the school’s courtyard.

Though the show was filled with fun, pupils also got a lesson on bicycle safety and reaching for their dreams in between showcases of flips and tricks.

“We really like their message,” said McCurry, noting it’s the second year the group has performed at the school.

Jon Dowker, of The Freestyle Connection, talked about the importance of bicycle safety as fellow BMX riders Russell Summerville and Kyle Kelsey pointed out the safety gear they were wearing.

“This thing can help you save your life,” Dowker said, pointing to his helmet.

They also encouraged the pupils to have dreams and not give up on them.

“We feel like we’re living our dreams,” Dowker said.

Pupils were given three steps to how they can also live out their dreams: find the things they love, stay focused on their goals and don’t lie, steal, cheat or be a bully. They also stressed the importance of being drug-free.

“We’re all about accomplishing our goals on and off the bikes,” Dowker said.

The Freestyle Connection, which is based in Athens, Ga., travels and performs at schools, fairs and special events.

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