By BIK Owner Justin Lewis
When I first decided I wanted to open an indoor go-kart track back in 2009, the very first brainstorming session included an element of charity work. I wasn’t sure what that would look like at the time, but serving our community, and those experiencing challenging circumstances, was going to be a pillar of my business. I was raised to be grateful for what I have and seek to give to those who were in need.
My cousin Lindsay and I are the same age, and she was born with spina-bifida. Growing up, we’d take family vacations to Kings Island and Gatlinburg and other amusement destinations, and even though Lindsay had the desire and the will to be adventurous, her options were often limited. So she had to watch while the rest of us had fun. There are so many things in life I wish I wouldn’t take for granted. Competing and the camaraderie that comes with it is one of those things.
Our Capable2Kart program was originally one-dimensional and structured to only assist those with physical disabilities like spina bifida, paralysis, and amputations. In 2012, we built a $12,000 racing kart customized with hand-controls and partnered with some friends at Frazier Rehab to experiment with it. We had great success and loved watching those with physical challenges able to enjoy racing against family and friends.
BIK later discovered a specific niche of customers I hadn’t yet spent much time around – children with Autism. Not only did these kids come in and enjoy driving, they were really good at it! We began expanding our Capable2Kart reach to individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, and even Cerebral Palsy. The results and response have been amazing. We have had such a blast with these awesome kids, and I can’t count how many parents have thanked us for offering their child such a confidence booster.
So in a nutshell, our Capable2Kart program promises that somehow, in some way, we WILL get anyone in a go-kart who wants to be in a go-kart. And we will make sure they achieve at least a couple of laps around the track to experience racing first-hand. In certain circumstances, they might simply ride with an employee around the track, but we do our very best to never turn anyone away.
If you know anyone who would enjoy trying it out, please reach out to set up a time to race
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