I Challenge Myself (ICM) provides public high school students in high-risk communities of New York City with opportunities to increase self-esteem and health awareness through athletic accomplishment and community involvement.
Statistics show how badly this is needed: 23% of New York City public high schools do not provide regular physical education and the percentage of seriously overweight children, aged 12 to 19, has risen threefold since 1976.
ICM works toward providing teenagers in New York City's most underserved communities with opportunities to develop leadership skills, teamwork, improved physical fitness levels and a commitment to social responsibility.
In February 2005, the project opened its doors to 30 high school students in South Bronx. I Challenge Myself combines distance cycling with health-related community service projects to provide teenagers in New York's most underserved communities with opportunities to develop leadership skills, teamwork, improved physical fitness levels and a commitment to social responsibility.
Since February 2005 the project has served over 500 public high school students from the Bronx, Washington Heights, Harlem and Bushwick. There are currently 60 students enrolled in the Cycling Smarts programme at 3 NYC public high schools in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan