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Bikes For The World And DICK'S Sporting Goods Announce Second Annual Bike Trade-in Program

ARLINGTON, Va., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bikes for the World, the nation's largest non-profit bicycle reuse organization announces their second annual bike trade-in program in partnership with DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS), the leading U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer. Building upon the success of last year's program, Bikes for the World and DICK'S Sporting Goods will again look to collect and repurpose thousands of donated bikes for those in need.

From Sunday, May 5 to Saturday, May 11, consumers will have the opportunity to support the initiative by bringing in their used bike to a local DICK'S Sporting Goods store.  Customers who participate in the trade-in will receive a discount toward a new bike purchase.

Bikes for the World will repurpose and distribute the donated bikes to lower income communities in the U.S. and around the world.  In 2012, over 4,000 bikes were donated during the inaugural Bike Trade-In program.

"This type of initiative in partnership with DICK'S Sporting Goods is essential to growing our mission," said Keith Oberg, Director of Bikes for the World.  "As a result of last year's collaboration, we expanded our deliveries of suitable used bicycles to lower-income communities by almost 50%, enhancing many more livelihoods through better transportation and generating skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance."

Bikes for the World is an active and unique part of the national bicycle advocacy and charitable community that supplies 20 non-profit programs in the Washington DC area and around the world including the Philippines, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Barbados, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama.  Since January 2005, Bikes for the World has donated, on average, nearly 10,000 bicycles annually—including spare parts and accessories, these donations now total over $3.5 million--quietly becoming the nation's largest bicycle reuse program.  In April 2013, Bikes for the World placed its 75,000th bike for donation to help people who need affordable transportation overseas.

About Bikes for the World
Bikes for the World is a recognized charitable and educational institution operating under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS Code.  Based in the Washington DC area, it works with individual volunteers and more than 100 community service agencies, schools, faith communities, Scout troops, and businesses locally and around the country, to collect, prepare, sort, and deliver thousands of used bicycles donated by individual and corporate members of the public.  As of May 2013, it is active via volunteers and partner non-profits in the District of Columbia and eight states—Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Donated bikes are shipped to underprivileged communities overseas where they transform lives by facilitating transportation to work, school, and health services; generating employment in reconditioning bikes; and contributing to human development and environmental conservation.  Further information is available at www.bikesfortheworld.org. 

About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
DICK'S Sporting Goods is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. The Company also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. As of February 2, 2013, the Company operated 518 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and eCommerce websites and catalog operations for DICK'S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

Contacts: 


Yvette Hess                                     

Danny Christiansen   

Bikes for the World                               

Catalyst Public Relations

703-740-7856                                 

704-987-4099 

Yvette@bikesfortheworld.org              

dchristiansen@catalystpublicrelations.com                          

 

SOURCE DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.



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