D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation ‘Build-A-Bike’ Program

“Watching the students work with you in putting their bicycle together was priceless,” Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia to his staff.
“Watching the students work with you in putting their bicycle together was priceless,” Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia to his staff.
Mr. Ken Ferguson of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, left, and Eric Hernandez, a special adviser to the foundation, get the morning going.
Mr. Ken Ferguson of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, left, and Eric Hernandez, a special adviser to the foundation, get the morning going.
Proper tire pressure is important and youngsters learned about what their tires should be inflated to.
Proper tire pressure is important and youngsters learned about what their tires should be inflated to.
This happy team puts the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
This happy team puts the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
Suffolk County’s finest had two representatives on hand to review bike riding safety tips and demonstrated how to properly fit the bike helmets that each youngster received.
Suffolk County’s finest had two representatives on hand to review bike riding safety tips and demonstrated how to properly fit the bike helmets that each youngster received.
There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed.
There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed.

This past Saturday morning, the Maplewood cafeteria was a buzz of activity as carefully selected students, with family members in tow, participated in a special ‘Build-A-Bike’ program. Maplewood’s staff members, as well as Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Mr. Ken Ferguson of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation greeted the families as they made their way to their own Build-A-Bike station.  Mr. Fergusons' son, D’Brickashaw, is an elite offensive tackle in the NFL, and a starting player for the NY Jets.

“Brick” as he is called by friends, family, and players, and his foundation partnered with Maplewood Intermediate School and the South Huntington School District to share their mission to help motivate and empower youngsters to positively interact with peers and adults in a unique program where, working with mentoring adults, build a bike.

A contest was established and the race was on to see which team could build their bike first. The completed bikes went through a safety inspection ensuring they were all properly assembled and ready to ride. 

The youngsters were doing this under the guise that the bike would be donated to other children, but to their delight, learned after they had built their bikes, that they were theirs to keep.

Suffolk County’s finest had two representatives on hand to review bike riding safety tips and demonstrated how to properly fit the bike helmets that each youngster received. There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed. “The reason why this event was a major success is because of your participation,” said Dr. D’Elia in thanking his staff.  “Watching the students work with you in putting their bicycle together was priceless.”

Dr. D’Elia would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Build-A-Bike program.

A special thanks to our incredible volunteers: Steven Schmidt, Sue Hug-Quinn, Chris Cardella, Barbara Chaimowitz, Donna Isaacson, Joe Slovak, Lisa Hatton, Jenn Brendel, Maria Garafalo, Shelia Dolan-Manner, Chassity Patino, Dana Rubino, Jennifer Ferraro, Anthony Fauci, Lauren Huss, Karen Trzaska, Jessica Gaitan, Sue Simonds, Maria Colon, Denise Ortiz, Mary Gross, Suzanne Ciccarelli, Renee Schumm, Elisa South, Dermot OConnor, Jennifer DeNoble, Dr. Alison Bruno, and from the District Office; Dr. Joe Centamore.

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