AIM Academy in Conshohocken is building a bicycle repair shop and education program to honor 17-year-old Sam Ozer who was killed while riding his bicycle, writes Matteo Iadonisi for 6abc.
Sam got his love for bicycles from his parents Mindy Maslin and Sidney Ozer, whose lives revolve around cycling. They started teaching their son how to ride as a child. Soon he joined the bicycle programs at AIM Academy and was on track for a decorated college career after graduation.
“Samuel was coming home from his dream summer job at Trek bicycles on Father’s Day to celebrate the holiday with us,” said his father. “He was struck and killed by an automobile on Henry Avenue in Philadelphia, where many other lives were taken by traffic violence as well.”
The community reacted with an outpouring of support that began with a silent bicycle ride and culminated in a bicycle repair shop in Sam’s honor.
As his former employee, Trek was quick to get on board the idea. It is completely outfitting the interior, while Project Bike Tech is providing the curriculum for educational programs.
The shop is expected to open later this year.
Read more about Sam Ozer at 6abc.