Kyle Murphy takes a selfie with James McHenry Elementary/Middle School students. Photo courtesy of Maryland Cycling Classic.

As Baltimore gears up for the Maryland Cycling Classic this weekend, UnitedHealthcare and current national road cycling champion Kyle Murphy partnered to give 50 city students a gift that could possibly inspire the next generation of cyclists. 

To kick off the international one-day pro cycling race, Murphy took part in community enrichment day which included a surprise visit to James McHenry Elementary/Middle School, where teachers selected 50 students to receive brand new bicycles.

“It was so fun to meet the students at James McHenry and I was honored to surprise them with new bikes,” Murphy said in a statement. “As a super active kid myself, I know the joy and freedom that cycling can provide. I hope each of the students will enjoy riding their bikes as much as I do.”

Funding for the giveaway was provided from a UnitedHealthcare grant to the Dreambuilders Foundation, which allowed Murphy and volunteers to spend the day fitting helmets for the students, gifting bikes, and educating the group on bike safety. 

“UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives, and we were so excited to celebrate the students at James McHenry for their hard work and perseverance by gifting them brand new bikes and helmets,” said Joe Ochipinti, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, in a statement. “We can’t wait to see the impact and change these students will make.”

The community enrichment day also involved Olympic medalists and national champions gathering at Patterson Park for the “Community Bike Jam” which included a one-mile slow ride. 

For more information about the Maryland Cycling Classic and other associated events this weekend, visit www.marylandcyclingclassic.us.

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Latrice Hill

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...