A local teenager has a new set of wheels after he was chosen to receive a brand new bike.
Brad Harris, 16, was training for the Special Olympics when he took a turn too fast and crashed. Harris, who has autism, suffered some minor injuries. But his bike fared worse. Brad was able to borrow another bike to finish up competing at the state Special Olympics, where he won two silver medals. But he came home without a working bike of his own.
Bradâ??s parents nominated him to win a new bike through the Bikes for Kids program run by the Charles Boyk Law Firm. They said along with Bradâ??s dedication to athletics, he also helps serve meals at his church. Bikes for Kids chose Brad as their July winner of a new bike, helmet and lock.
Brad was surprised with the news at the Wersell Bike & Ski Shop in Toledo Thursday. He was very thankful to his family and teachers for supporting him, and was ready to get right back to training.
â??I feel wonderful. And I feel ready to go try again to (get) first place,â?? Brad said after taking his new bike for a spin.
Brad says his favorite thing about the new bike is how fast it can go.