Wish for Wheels, a national nonprofit organization that gives brand new bikes and helmets to second graders in low-income schools, on Monday announced the addition of Lance Armstrong to the board of directors

“Wish for Wheels is an organization with an incredible mission,” Armstrong said. “I knew I wanted to get involved the day I witnessed a bike and helmet giveaway at a local elementary school. I was blown away by the smiles on the faces of kids who might not ever have the opportunity to ride a bike – something I have always considered the ultimate expression of freedom.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Lance Armstrong’s involvement in Wish for Wheels,” said Brad Appel, founder and executive director of Wish for Wheels. “He is passionate about giving back and understands first-hand that the gift of a bike can be a transformational shift for a child living in poverty.”

Wish for Wheels partners with companies and organizations to fund, build, and give away free bikes and helmets to second graders in local schools. The Wish for Wheels partner schools all qualify for Title I federal funding, reserved for the schools with the highest concentration of low-income students.