The Chris Wilson Nissan Dealership, along with the Murdock Family Foundation and many other auto dealers throughout the state, is helping to provide mobility devices for students with special needs in local school districts. The Utah Automobile Dealers Association has teamed up with the non-profit Mobility for Kids to donate more than 100 Pumper Cars and adaptive physical education programming to schools throughout Utah.
According to a press release, the Pumper Car was originally developed as a fun riding toy for children but has since morphed into one of the most effective mobility devices for children with special needs.
“When I created the Pumper Car, I had no idea this would affect so many kids,” said Pumper Car creator Mike Jones in a release. “When a child gets into the cars it’s like their limitations are lifted in that moment. This is literally changing lives.”
The patented rowing motion that requires children to use their legs and arms to power the car helps develop core muscles. This in turn can improve speech development, fine motor skills, endurance and other physical capabilities. The total body workout helps to redevelop muscles and restore joint mobility.
Both the Cache County and Logan school districts will be receiving Pumper Cars for their students with special needs. The car meets requirements for adapted and regular P.E. school teachers for children between the ages of 5-12 years old. Smaller models are also available for children between the ages of 2-5 years old.