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Pitt Volleyball Spends Friday at the Amazing Bike Camp

Amanda Orchard with a camper

Amanda Orchard with a camper

July 26, 2013

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MONROEVILLE, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team spent part of their Friday afternoon volunteering at the Amazing Bike Camp at the Monroeville Sports Center teaching kids with special needs how to ride two-wheeled bikes. The national program iCan Shine and The Children's Institute have partnered to bring the Amazing Bike Camp to Pittsburgh this summer.

"It is important to take time out of our day to help our community," sophomore Amanda Orchard said. "There will always be volleyball for us to focus on, but it is nice to take a break once in a while for a greater cause."

Orchard, along with Cassandra Congemi, were the two catalysts for bringing the entire team to the Amazing Bike Camp.

"We were all really excited to come here," Congemi said. "Seeing the enthusiasm the kids had riding their bikes was motivational to us as a team. Running alongside them may have tired us out, but to see them overcome obstacles in their lives is inspiring to us more than they will ever know. Today was a great experience."

This unique camp teaches children with special needs how to independently ride a two-wheeled bicycle. The Pitt volleyball team had the opportunity to volunteer their time to exercise and get to know the children.

The Panthers being preseason camp on August 9 with their first tournament scheduled for August 30 at the University of Missouri.