Great American Heroes
Stefan Goslawski '68, founder and executive director of Community Bike Works will be honored at an event, Gearing Up for the Future, on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., at Coca-Cola Park.
The June 1994 Parade magazine featured a story about the Bicycle Action Project in Indianapolis that worked with inner city kids to build self esteem and to turn them away from drugs. The article interested Stefan Goslawski, Class of 1968, but he took no action. Two weeks later he received a letter from an 81-year-old woman who said that many years ago she taught kids in center city Allentown to sew. The letter was sent to him at the bike shop which he owned and included a copy of the article. She wrote, "Wouldn't it be neat if Allentown had such a program?" Stefan felt he was being given a message and a mission. During next month he took the idea to the community and asked if there was a need. The resounding answer was YES! And Community Bike Works was founded.
Fast forward to the fall of 2012, when the organization and founder Stefan were featured on an episode of Great American Heroes. The show follows country music star Trace Adkins on his nationwide tour as he takes time away from the stage to celebrate folks he visits who "are doing extraordinary things."
On July 1, 2013, Stefan stepped down as the executive director of Bike Works but he continues to be involved. His work has made a difference in the lives of countless young people in Allentown. As he said in his retirement announcement, "It has been an amazing journey as Community Bike Works evolved from a grassroots organization with one employee and 12 volunteers serving 57 kids the first year, to a regional organization with nine employees and 90 volunteers serving 300 children each year onsite, at Allentown and Bethlehem School District Community Schools and at the Orefield campus of KidsPeace."
The event planned for Thursday, March 13 is being held to honor founder, Stefan Goslawski ’68 and raise funds to ensure the continued success of Community Bike Works. Click here for additional information.