Dilkon holds second annual bike safety rodeo
DILKON, Ariz. - The Second Annual Bike Rodeo hosted by the Dilkon Office of the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) took priority on the second day of the 7th Annual Dilkon Department of Behavioral Health Youth conference held July 16-17.
Youngsters from local communities went through safety checks of their bicycles before maneuvering through the obstacle course, making several stops to test their skills at dummy roping, newspaper toss, jumping water holes and learning how to cross intersections in housing areas.
"The whole day centered on activities for kids to develop their bicycle riding skills and bike handling ability," said Genevieve Davis, Senior Community Health Worker for NNSDP. "We had different activities for each course beginning with helmet inspection and fitting. The helmets were donated by the Navajo Health Education Program out of Winslow."
After a quick safety check of the bikes, the kids were then allowed to go through courses where they have to maneuver their bikes through as zig zag course, slow race course, figure eight course, long roll course, paperboy course and an advanced course where they had to jump over a mud puddle and cross a balance beam.
Davis said that the day was successful with over 100 kids participating in the event. Besides the bike rodeo, there were presentations including ice-breaker sessions, guest speakers, games, drawings for door prizes, and raffle drawing for six bicycles that were donated by local businesses.
The emcee was Wilbur Begay, senior counselor for the Office of Youth Development. The welcome address was delivered by Philbert Peterson, program supervisor for the Dilkon Division of Behavioral
Health Services. Betti Delrowe, principal social worker with the NNSDP provided advice to students about empowering themselves to avoid drugs and association with gangs or people that are a bad influence.
Warlance Foster, Navajo professional basketball player spoke on fulfilling dreams and standing on your own against all odds by not being a part of the group. Dean Roan, recreation specialist, provided ice-breaker activities and games.
The day closed with raffle drawings for bicycles, which were won by Yolanda Nezzie of Dilkon, Neehee Schultz of Birdsprings, Tina Barton of Dilkon, Germaine Williams of Teesto, Charmaine Tom of Indian Wells and Earlson Yazzie of Teesto.
Eduational booths were set up by Navajo Special Diabetes Project, Department of Behavioral Health Services, Greasewood Springs Community School, and other local entities.