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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – On Saturday, September 28, Shrewsbury residents David and Kim Long will don their bike helmets and captain “Team Shrewsbury” at the 23rd Annual Rodman Ride for Kids – to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest. The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for at- risk youth across Massachusetts. Nearly 50 affiliated charities – including BBBS – fundraise year-round, culminating each fall with “The Ride” – a 25, 50, or 100 mile non- competitive cycling tour throughout the Foxboro, MA area. This year, nearly 1,500 cyclists are expected to ride. To date, The Ride has raised over $71 million for Massachusetts children, and is the nation’s fourth largest non-competitive charity cycling tour.
Team Shrewsbury is one of ten teams riding on behalf of BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest. The others include teams from Bose, Genzyme, The Hanover Insurance Group, College of the Holy Cross, Morgan Stanley, The TJX Companies, Unum, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Friends of BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest. Collectively, an estimated 100+ riders are expected to ride and raise funds for the agency.
“The Rodman Ride for Kids is our agency’s largest annual fundraising event and we rely on its proceeds to continue to provide vital, quality mentoring services to over 1,400 at- risk children annually. Our goal this year is to raise $110,000 and The Rodman Ride Foundation will generously match the funds raised at 10%,” said Jeffrey Chin, CEO of BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest. “It’s a fun day for all and it benefits a great cause at the same time”, he added.
The three bicycle course options ensure that riders of any level can participate. Volunteers staff the water stations, act as spotters, and offer encouragement to riders along the course. After The Ride, cyclists and volunteers can take a refreshing shower at Gold’s Gym, collect their “goodie bags”, and enjoy a delicious complimentary barbecue with their teammates.
Team Shrewsbury captain David Long is a former “Big” himself. Shortly after graduating college, he became a Big Brother to Louie. According to Mr. Long, “being a Big Brother was a tremendously rewarding experience. It was a unique opportunity to have a one- on-one, significant impact on my “Little”. Louie came from a broken home and had no positive male influence in his life. I felt that I was able to fill that void for him, and we established a true friendship along the way. I am excited to reconnect with BBBS through the Rodman Ride.”
Shrewsbury resident and long-time Big Brother, State Representative Matthew Beaton will also be among the riders for Team Shrewsbury. “My involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters over the last 17 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I initially joined the organization to help guide a young man through the trials of life, and soon realized that my experience as a “Big” was as rewarding for me as it was beneficial for him,” said Representative Beaton. “I am extremely proud of how far my “Little” has come, and even more proud that he is still in my life today – as a manager in my company,” he added.
For those who want to help, but cannot make the date or are not cyclists, a “virtual” rider option is also available. To register to ride, become a virtual rider, or sponsor a rider, visit the Events page of the BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest website at http://www.bbbscm.org/events/rodman-ride-for-kids/rodman-ride-for-kids.htm . To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer on the day of The Ride, contact Karen Donovan Bean at 508-879-7762 (x15) or e-mail Karen.Bean@bbbscm.org. More information on The Rodman Ride can be found on the organization’s website at http://rodmanrideforkids.org. Checks for this event should be made out to The Rodman Ride for Kids and mailed to:
BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest
Attn: Rodman Ride/BBBS
484 Main Street
Suite 360 Worcester, MA 01608
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters services are proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, reducing violent behaviors, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. With offices located in Worcester and Framingham, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest serves over 1,400 children annually. Learn how you can positively influence the way children grow up by visiting www.bbbscm.org.