NEWS & EVENTS

Keep up with The Spokes Group activities online.   Our interactive blog will feature the work of the agencies and organizatioms we help…and who help us.

We Need Your Help!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Banner | 0 comments

We Need Your Help!

If you’ve ever seen a kid get a new bike you understand what motivates us. That moment of joy is priceless! Christmas 2016 is just days away and we need folks like you to help put more deserving kids on bikes. A donation of $70 provides a bike and a helmet….and a very happy youngster.

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Salvation Army Christmas Bureau

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Banner | 0 comments

Salvation Army Christmas Bureau

This marks the 36th year for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center, which is currently located in a former Wal-Mart building at 801 East Arrowood Road. (The site is provided rent free by Victory Christian Center.) The video above is about the wheel, where families spin for special gifts….one of which is a  ones of more than 2000 bikes donated through The Spokes Group! Read more...

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24 Hours of Booty

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Team Spokes Group, sponsored by none other than The Spokes Group, participated in the 24 Hours of Booty event in Charlotte, and despite the 100 degree temps, rode over 1000 miles as a team in 24 hours to raise money for Cancer research! It was an amazing...

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Right Moves for Youth at Northridge Middle

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Officer Chris Walters presents Hector of Northridge Middle School a bike for being the most improved student in the Right Moves for Youth Club.  The Spokes Group supported RMFY with 100 bikes and helmets this year to be used as incentives for club members.

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DON ‘TRAVIUS AWARDED BIKE

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Chantay Roland who serves as our club leader there says, “He is very respectful to all teachers and peers. Don’Travius has made steady academic progress this school year. We’re proud of the gains he’s made.”

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SpokesGroup Luncheon

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

3 employees of The Vanguard Group, Susan McCutchan Shepherd, Thomas Schupack, and Scott Marker join Larry Goodgame and Will Beard of The Spokes Group at the annual “Free Lunch.”  The lunch is held each year so that guests can see what 1800 new bikes look like before they get donated to needy families at the Christmas...

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Right Moves for Youth

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Thomas Gooding is a 6-foot-5 senior at Garinger, playing high school football for the first time after turning his life and grades around. He’s buoyed by the chance to go to college via football. Photo by YALONDA M. JAMES –yjames@charlotteobserver.com Last winter, Garinger High football coach Chris Carter was walking by the gym after school. He stuck his head in and saw 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior Thomas Gooding playing basketball for an organization called Right Moves For Youth that tries to help at-risk youth get on the right track. Carter saw an athletic young man with long arms and great leaping ability. “Man, I just saw a lot of potential,” Carter said. After the game, he approached Gooding and asked why he’d never played sports at Garinger. Carter told him he really thought he could have a future playing football, one that might include a college scholarship. “That doesn’t happen all the time,” said Carter, whose team will host East Mecklenburg (3-0) tonight. “But one look at this kid and I was like, ‘Wow.’” Two weeks ago, Gooding played his first game for Garinger (0-2). He played receiver and safety. He had three tackles and an interception on defense. On offense, he beat his man on a deep pass and drew a pass interference call. He got open a few more times, but the Garinger quarterback just missed him on plays that might’ve produced Garinger’s first points of the season. “He started showing that potential,” Carter said. Actually, Carter’s just glad Gooding is getting the chance to show it. When they started talking last winter, Gooding had missed 60 days of school and was ineligible for sports. His family was moving around frequently. “My life just wasn’t going how I wanted,” Gooding said. “I wasn’t focused on school. My family was going through a hard time.” Gooding played football in middle school at Eastway. He liked the game and wanted to play in high school, too, but his grades always prevented him. His high school social worker, Sara Morrell, saw that sports was something Gooding was interested in and got him involved in the Right Moves program. “That was the springboard,” she said. “And when coach Carter saw him and started encouraging him and starting saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got some skills. Hey you can make it,’ that’s when things started turning around for Thomas.” Gooding practiced with the Wildcats football team in the offseason. Coaches from Akron and Marshall watched him and told Carter they were very interested. Gooding started going to school, going to class – and he started excelling. “Right Moves got me playing basketball and doing other things,” Gooding said. “It showed me school isn’t as bad as I thought, and coach showed interest in me and got me to come out here. I love football, but every year, I would get my report card and it wasn’t good. Coach said, ‘You can do this. You can get the grades.’” Gooding started believing. “It was just focus,” he said. “I can do the work. I didn’t care before. School wasn’t my first priority. But I’ve seen now what my life could be. Coach started telling me I could be something, that I could be really good. But he said, ‘You gotta get the scores.’”Gooding’s sudden change surprised...

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Alex Martinez Awarded for ‘Job Well Done’

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Charlotte police officer, Dwight Stone presents Alex Martinez of Quail Hollow Middle School and member of the Right Moves for Youth club a bike for having an outstanding year.  Program director, Otis Stroud, looks on.  The Spokes Group supports the Right Moves for Youth organization with bikes to be used as motivational incentives for achieving...

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THE GIVING JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Susan Wollin works for the Providence Day after school program.  She has gotten the kids interested in supporting us.  Eight of the youngsters in the program came over to The Christmas Bureau Monday and worked for an hour.  One of the little girls presenting us with the money they raised.  She gave me checks for $905.  The second grade at the school also wanted to get involved so the teacher set up a penny jar and would only let them donate pennys.  They raised $116 in...

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Ribbon Cutting with Salvation Army

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Events | 0 comments

Major Todd Smith, Will Beard (The Spokes Group), Beverly Hinson (DSS),  Roddy Kerr, Chair of TSA board (Belk Stores), Charlotte Mayor Pat McCory, David LLoveras (Circle K), Jennifer Murdoch (Circle K), and Chuck Griffith, Chair of Christmas Bureau board (Charlotte Observer) cut the ribbon for the 2007 Christmas Bureau.  1800+ bikes provided by The Spokes Group will be distributed to needy families in Charlotte through the Christmas...

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