High Point University volunteers look on as Miracle League of High Point athlete Natalie Combs tests out her new Amtryke bike.
HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2018 – A group of High Point University student volunteers, in partnership with community organizations, recently experienced the joy of presenting a local child with her specially made, adapted bike.
Natalie Combs is a Miracle League of High Point athlete. Before the start of her most recent game, she and her parents joined HPU students at midfield for the presentation of her custom Amtryke bike. National AMBUCS, headquartered in High Point, owns and operates Amtryke LLC, a therapeutic tricycle company dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
In partnership with the High Point Civitan Club, students from HPU’s Civitan and Circle K chapters, and Alpha Delta Theta, HPU’s Christian service sorority, worked to purchase the Amtryke bike. During the Miracle League games, members of all three HPU clubs took the field, serving as mentors and cheerleaders for the athletes.
HPU student Kayla Jones, president of the HPU Civitan Club, led the fundraising charge at HPU and was present on the Miracle League field when Combs received her bike.
“The giveaway was just as wonderful as I expected it to be,” says Jones. “Watching Natalie ride the bike and take her victory lap around the Miracle League field was a culmination of everything that HPU Civitan believes in. We always see the impact of our service on the community over time, but it’s rare that we see how our work immediately impacts a single individual. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved.”
Dr. Daniel Hall, a member of High Point Civitan and advisor to HPU’s student Civitan chapter, says that the donation was made possible by the partnership between HPU students and community groups.
“It was an amazing experience to see it come together and to see the smile on Natalie’s face when she rode the Amtryke around the Miracle League field,” says Hall. “I was glad my fellow High Point Civitans were able to purchase the bike for such an amazing Miracle League athlete. Miracle League believes every child deserves a chance to play baseball, and in the same spirit every child should experience the freedom of riding a bike. Great things can be accomplished when the services of clubs and organizations overlap and combine forces in the community of High Point.”