Partnership with Wish for Wheels, Scholars Unlimited and the Daniels College of Business

Each quarter students in the Denver MBA program at the Daniels College of Business have to tackle a new challenge – starting a new business, solving an issue for a corporation, nonprofit, or global organization. Each quarter, the DU students work with new teammates on each challenge. To kick off these new teams, the Daniels Leadership coaches facilitate a fun, but challenging activity. The activities stretch and challenge students to continue to create and sustain high-performing teams.

On Friday, April 6, this challenging activity will involve a bike-building day through a partnership with Wish for Wheels and Scholars Unlimited. The student teams will build 25 bikes to be distributed to children in need, who will be identified by Scholars Unlimited.

Don’t be fooled; the students don’t just have to assemble the bikes. There are five separate challenges. In one, they have to build a bike where three team members are blindfolded and the other two instruct them on how to build the bike. Another challenge requires teammates to have their arms tied together.

“The learning from this activity translates to what they will encounter when they graduate,” says Leadership Director Ali Boyd. “Employees will face technical challenges that require coordinated, synchronized effort for a tangible outcome that will affect people. The exercises connect the dots, so students gain experience as an individual leader, a participant on a collaborative team and in the broader community.”

Once the bikes are built, the students will deliver them to Harrington Elementary and help the selected students get fitted with their new bikes and helmets. Bike recipients are students at Harrington who are enrolled in Scholars After School, an after-school program provided by Scholars Unlimited.

“We are thrilled that our youngest scholars at Harrington will be receiving these bicycles,” said Diana Romero Campbell, president of Scholars Unlimited. “In our programs, we strive to help our young learners build pro-social skills like persistence, positive communication, and teamwork – the same skills that the DU students have had to use to complete their bike-building projects. It will be fun to see the alignment of learning objectives for two generations of students.”

How it works

Wish for Wheels is a Denver based non-profit dedicated to changing lives through the gift of a new bike and helmet. Bikes are gifted to K-2nd grade students at Title 1 schools or organizations that serve low-income children. Since its founding in 2004, Wish for Wheels has positively impacted 90k+ people, has visited more than 100 schools and partnered with more than 300 donor companies.

Wish for Wheels provides a unique opportunity for donors and volunteers to immediately see the impact on a community when they hand a bike to a student in need. The smiles on everyone’s faces are priceless.

Event: Bike-building Day

Time: Friday, April 6
Challenges – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bike Donation – 4:15 – 5 p.m.

Place: Challenge – Lawn outside Daniels
University of Denver
2150 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210

Bike Donation – Harrington Elementary
2401 E. 37th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205

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About the Daniels College of Business
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. For additional information, visit the University’s Media Relations website, or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter. Founded in 1908, The Daniels College of Business is the top-ranked business college at the University of Denver, one of the country’s premier private universities. Daniels is globally recognized as a leader in providing an immersive and engaged business education. 

About Wish for Wheels
Wish for Wheels is a Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to change the lives of Kindergarten-2nd grade students from low income communities through the gift of a brand new bike and helmet. Our mission is only possible because of our generous donors and partners. We operate with a unique model around corporate philanthropy which allows donors to immediately see the impact they make on a child.” Wishforwheels.org 

About Scholars Unlimited
The mission of Scholars Unlimited is to support low-income, academically struggling young learners by providing rigorous literacy instruction and enrichment programs in order to help students achieve measurable success — and to inspire life-long learning. Scholars Unlimited was founded 25 years ago as “Summer Scholars;” today, the organization is a community leader in providing comprehensive after-school and summer learning programs to elementary students considered at-risk – but we know are at promise. www.scholarsunlimited.org