For nearly three decades, WBT Hall of Fame and North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame host, John Hancock, was the spearhead of an annual giving effort to bring holiday joy to thousands of kids each year. Referred to at the station simply as “The Bike Drive,” the event has resonated deeply with WBT listeners through the years, resulting in the collection of some 20,000 bikes, as well as gifts, food, clothing and more to be given to tens of thousands of kids.
With Hancock’s retirement from WBT in 2019, and as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread in late 2020, many businesses were shuttered and countless Charlotteans were out of work. The bike drive’s future was in question but, through the dedication of the WBT staff, and a great partnership with the Carolina Panthers, WSOC TV, Frito Lay, and Northside Christian Academy, nearly 500 bikes were collected and gifted to kids throughout the region last year.
At the time, WBT’s Bo Thompson said, “Never underestimate the generosity of WBT listeners and John Hancock’s legacy. Even during a pandemic, area kids will have bikes this Christmas!” With that, the groundwork was laid for the future of the bike drive.
Now entering its 28th year, Hancock’s Bikes for Kids returns in 2021 at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday, December 7, from 10 AM to 7 PM.
“We are absolutely hoping that everyone who has helped us through the years will help us again, and we are excited to be exposed to new participants with WSOC TV and the Panthers as partners once again,” Hancock said. “If you see a bike – the 20-inch size is the most in-demand – please buy it now, as we are concerned about supply issues,” he added.
The WBT air staff, Sir Purr and members of the Panthers organization, and WSOC TV will join John Hancock himself to say hello and thank donors for their generosity throughout the day.
Stay tuned to News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT for updates and details on Hancock’s Bikes for Kids 2021!