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CSUF Alumnus Gives Bikes to Deserving Kids

December 20, 2005 :: No. 90

What:

Scott Sundstrom, a physical education teacher in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, is giving the gift of fitness to deserving students at Topaz Elementary School in Fullerton and Melrose Elementary School in Placentia.

When: Friday, Dec. 23
9:30 a.m. Topaz Elementary, 3232 Topaz Lane, Fullerton, 92831
10:30 a.m. Melrose Elementary, 974 S. Melrose Street, Placentia, 92870
Background:

Combining his own money with donations from friends, Sundstrom this year was able to buy 86 bicycles for children who have been working hard to earn good grades in school. Teachers at the two elementary schools choose the recipients of the bikes, which average about $50 each. Sundstrom earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal State Fullerton in 1988. His mother, Gwen Sundstrom, is a CSUF lecturer in kinesiology.

Quote:

"As a physical educator, I want kids to be in shape and have a bike to ride," said Sundstrom, 42, of Placentia. "It's a neat feeling helping others out. We can all help one another out, and I feel blessed by God that I have good friends and family members who take part in this charity."

More:

Sundstrom bought six bikes to give away in 2000. Word spread and people started donating money, making it possible for him to buy more bikes. In 2001, he gave away 18. In 2002, the number climbed to 28. He gave 38 in 2003 and 60 in 2004.

Media Contacts:

Scott Sundstrom at (714) 528- 8867 or ssun7@sbcglobal.net
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or mkocruz@fullerton.edu


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