US road champion Kyle Murphy was on the ground in Maryland at the James McHenry Elementary/Middle School to surprise high achieving students with new bicycles, to empower the next generation, no matter their culture, ability or background, to embrace healthier lifestyles.
The 50 children were nominated for outstanding study and academics during the pandemic and were spoken to in a special assembly by Murphy adorned in full Stars and Stripes kit, ahead of the Maryland Cycling Classic, presented by UnitedHealthcare.
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— Maryland Cycling Classic s/b UnitedHealthcare (@MarylandClassic) September 1, 2022
“It was so fun to meet the students at James McHenry and I was honored to surprise them with new bikes,” Murphy said after the presentation. “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,” he added.
Put forward by their teacher for demonstrating the school’s five promises of honor and integrity, perseverance, gratitude, commitment to quality and contribution, the children had gone above and beyond to exhibit at least one of these key qualities.
The presentation was made possible by race supporters and long-time friends of the team, UnitedHealthcare. Joining Murphy on stage was Chief Executive Officer – Mid Atlantic at UnitedHealthcare, Joe Ochipinti.
The 30-year-old spoke about his journey into the sport, his love of cycling and how it has impacted his life in a positive way, as well as gave advice on the importance of bike safety.
Afterwards, Murphy spoke to the race social media channels about his special assignment.
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Human Powered Health is delighted to help inspire the next generation to benefit from the incredible power of the bike.