Tryke Giveaway


In 2016, LATLC welcomed a new Partner Charity, SoCal Trykers, a local chapter of AMBUCS, Inc. SoCal Trykers was founded by a group of physical therapists and helps disabled children in the area acquire adapted tricycles. These "trykes" are customized to each child's particular needs and enable them to leave their wheelchairs and ride with friends and family, many for the very first time.

Bicycles can run into the hundreds dollars, and families are asked to subsidize the cost even with donations from organizations like LATLC.

In January 2017, LATLC presented three customized bikes that we funded at an event at Cal State University Long Beach. The event was attended by past presidents Minh Nguyen, Aimee Kirby and Joe Barrett, 2020 President Alyssa Schabloski and other volunteers. The impact on everyone who participated that day was extraordinary as children rode around the gymnasium to cheers from their friends and family.

SoCal Trykers came to LATLC in late summer to see if we wanted to help build, as well as present, the three new bicycles we funded. The answer was simple: three bikes aren't enough! So Nguyen asked other law firms to join LATLC in funding additional bicycles.

TrykeThere was so much support, LATLC and SoCal Trykers brought in Red Star Riders, another AMBUCS non-profit that received an LATLC grant earlier in the year, for more children to be fitted for the bikes.

The "Great Tryke Giveaway" was born!

On October 28, 2017, LATLC built and presented THIRTY customized tricycles to the excited children and their families. The event coincided with Beach Street , a day-long party where Long Beach areas are closed off to cars, showcasing bike riding, local businesses and entertainment. Tents were set up in front of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and 32 volunteers spent hours assembling the customized bikes!


The "Great Tryke Giveaway" would not have been possible without the law firms that joined LATLC in funding these customized bikes:  Alder Law, The deRubertis Law Firm, The Law Offices of Gary A. Dordick, Ellis Law Corporation, The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, The Homampour Law Firm, Lallande Law, Nguyen Lawyers, ALC, Sullivan and Sullivan.

The Impact

TrykeA few weeks after "The Great Tryke Giveaway" LATLC received a letter from one of the families whose daughter, Evangeline, received a new bike. In part, they wrote:

"How wonderful it is to see her finally be able to cycle along with her sisters after all these years of missing out! What a joy it is for us, her parents, to get to see the smile on her face when she's 'behind the wheel!' Thank you again, for the gifts of joy and happiness that you have helped to provide, is truly priceless."

Press and Media

Television stations (KCBS, KCAL, KABC and KTTV) and The Grunion Gazette covered the event: