Let’s roll! On Friday, July 31, Jackson State University’s main campus will be the site of the 3rd Annual “Cruising the Community” event. This is a one-to-three mile(s) ride around the JSU campus. The event is for children up to 18 years old. Children can ride anything on wheels including bikes, scooters, wagons, tricycles, skates, roller blades, wheel chairs and skateboards.
“The benefits of this ride include exposing youth to safe routes for biking and walking and raising awareness about bike and helmet safety,” says Heather Wilcox, neighborhood development assistant for the Center of University-Based Development.
City of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, Dr. Robert Smith and the Rollin Tigers wheelchair basketball team will all be special guests at the event. Both Yarber and Smith are scheduled to address the youth in attendance. The Rollin Tigers will participate in a special exhibition game against members of the JSU Department of Athletics.
Children who attend will receive free helmets, goody bags and lunch. The entire event is free and open to the public. For registration or more information, click here. Individuals who don’t register online may register on the day of the event from 8 – 9 a.m. at the Walter Payton Health and Recreation Center. The ride will start at 9 a.m and the event will end at noon.
The Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) is an initiative by Jackson State University to assist with the redevelopment of the one-mile area around the Jackson State University main campus. This office also reviews opportunities to facilitate development near all other Jackson State University campuses.