CYCLE Kids is committed to strengthening the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike.
Sunessa Schettler is a personal trainer, tri-athlete, advocate for bicycles as alternative transportation, and president of the Wheelworks Tri-team; and she has been a strong supporter of CYCLE Kids since her introduction to the organization in 2005. An avid and lifelong cyclist with a background in environmental science and health, Sunny automatically felt a connection when she learned of the CYCLE Kids mission and principles.
Because she’s been riding since she was a child, Sunny firmly believes that all children should learn to ride a bike. In her work as a personal trainer, she finds truth in the adage “you never forget how to ride a bike,” and points out that cycling is indeed a skill retained over a lifetime. She finds that adults who learned to bike as children, even after years without riding, can “get back on the saddle and have that resiliency…kids are fearless and you can teach them that it’s okay to not get it perfect the first time.” Furthermore, cycling is low-impact and can be practiced at any age; it’s the perfect way to stay active over a lifetime.
Sunny has helped cultivate a strong relationship between CYCLE Kids and the Wheelworks Tri-team. She and a fellow team member, Greg Watson, coached the 2009 and 2010 CYCLE Kids Boston Marathon teams, and returned to coach the 2011 team. Other team members have volunteered as teachers and the team itself provides annual funding support for our programs. But the Wheelworks team gets back as much as they give. According to Sunny, “sometimes the team gets so focused on training, it’s nice to have something that is outside of us to support. We’re endorsing a local organization that teaches kids how to ride bikes too.”