Hog wild: Motorcycle ride to benefit SKI-HI Institute

A 100-mile motorcycle ride that will benefit the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University will be held in Logan, Utah, July 5, in conjunction with the 8th Annual Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run that goes from Florida to Alaska and back. The local ride will begin and end at the Merlin Olson Park south pavilion. Motorcyclists can participate by registering at 2 p.m. or online at www.skihi.org and clicking on the Logan “mini-run” side bar. Riders will head north to Preston at 3 p.m. and bike across Emigration Canyon to the north end of Bear Lake. At Bear Lake, they will meet up with University of Florida faculty member Mike Tuccelli and nine other riders from across the United States. Participants will return through Logan Canyon to Merlin Olson Park where food, prizes and entertainment await. Music will be provided by a three-person group from Ogden called “Coyote Moon.” People who are not riders can help by making a pledge to one of the Alaska riders at www.skihi.org. For more information, contact the SKI-HI Institute at 435-797-5600 or visit the Web site. As a deaf man, Tuccelli leads the long-distance riders on to Alaska for the fourth summer in a row to benefit the SKI-HI Institute. They will start their ride July 1 in St. Augustine, Fla., and end there a month later. Tuccelli teaches American Sign Language classes at UF and also has a cochlear implant. He said he is a strong believer in early intervention for infants and toddlers with hearing and vision losses and has respected the work that SKI-HI has done across the country for the past 37 years. The SKI-HI Institute is an internationally known nonprofit organization at USU whose mission is to enhance the lives of young children with sensory disabilities and their families. Through model programs, curriculum resources and training developed by the SKI-HI Institute, families of young children who are deaf, blind or deafblind across the country learn how to communicate and play with their babies, manage adaptive devices and help children enter school ready to learn and communicate with others. During the past 36 years, the work of SKI-HI has impacted the lives of over 100,000 young children with sensory as well as other impairments in all 50 states and some foreign countries. The SKI-HI Institute has also been responsible for starting five new state-wide programs for these children and their families in Utah.

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