June 13, 2017

A Kid, A Cop, and A Cause

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A hundred area foster children will be beaming on new bicycles at Fourth Street Live! June 17. Dozens of local police officers, EMTs and firefighters will help the kids assemble the new bikes as part of a special program for foster children.

It’s all part of the Week of Giving, a project by the I Am Ali Festival sponsored by Fourth Street Live!, and coordinated by Together We Rise,  a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the way youth navigate through the foster care system in America. Norton Healthcare is another sponsor of the event.

“It is an honor to participate in the I AM ALI Festival’s Week of Giving by hosting A Kid, A Cop and A Cause,” said Ed Hartless, President of Fourth Street Live! “There’s never been an event like it in Louisville, and I hope people will come and see some very excited kids working with men and women in uniform to build bicycles. The program has been wonderful in other communities, and I look forward to seeing it happen at Fourth Street Live!”

From June 3-July 15, there are activities scheduled throughout the community to commemorate the passing of Muhammad Ali. Each week for six weeks, local events reflect and celebrate one of Ali’s six core values of Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality.

The week of June 17 is focused on the value of Giving. The Together We Rise organization, based in California, has a vision to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public.

Together We Rise, which coordinates Build-A-Bike programs throughout the country, was created to improve the lives of foster children. Throughout the U.S., the organization provides items including skateboards, suitcases and supplies for college to foster children. It estimates that 1,200 kids per day enter foster care.

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