I CHALLENGE MYSELF
Provides opportunities for public school students to strengthen their bodies, minds and spirits.
I Challenge Myself provides opportunities for public school students to strengthen their bodies, minds and spirits through our school-based fitness programs. We partner with New York City public schools to offer programs that introduce youth to non-competitive endurance sports, currently cycling and cross fitness, that help students develop, socially, academically and physically. Since our launch in February 2005, we have directly served over 2,500 public middle school and high school students ages 11–19 in the Bronx and Manhattan. I Challenge Myself is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Alexander Calafiura (he/him)10th grader at East Side Community High SchoolCongratulations to our first Person of the Month, Alexander Calafiura! Alexander was nominated by his coaches East Side coach, Momo Ullah. He has demonstrated incredible growth during his...
Our former Cycling Smarts Coach and now Program Manager, Barbara Smith, was presented with a letter written by one of her Cycling Smart participants, Vincent Sozzani. Vincent express his time in the program and how grateful he is of Barbara. Vincent writes:To, Barbara...
On Monday, December 6th, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the I Challenge Myself (ICM) Cycling Smarts team at the George Washington Educational Campus teamed up and presented a proposal at the Community Board 12 Manhattan NYC Traffic & Transportation...
Can one thing change you forever?
For Kirsy, a sixteen year old participant in our Cycling Smarts program, the answer was yes. Kirsy enrolled in our cycling program at her school in the Lower East Side not knowing how to ride a bike. She was willing, however, to learn and train for ICM’s 100-mile 1-day bike Tour.
In an essay, she recalled how her legs were sore after her first bike ride across the Williamsburg Bridge and feeling that wanted to give up. That ride made her “think of the little everyday struggles people face. We go up, we go down, we are happy and we are sad.” She reflected how, “everyone deals with pain, but the important thing is to learn how to move on with that pain or sadness and not let it hinder you, like when your legs are sore from biking.” She shared that she felt much better after pushing herself. During the rest of the semester she felt happy. She was doing better in school. Her grades kept going up. She learned not to give up on herself.
Kirsy graduated high school and is attending Borough of Manhattan Community College.
I Challenge Myself thanks the following foundations and donors for investing in our youth