What is it that gets me out of bed before dawn to drive down to Foxborough for a bike ride? It certainly can't just be the great party at the end of the ride! My passion for the Rodman Ride for Kids is driven by vital mission of Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters, by the real difference JBBBS makes in the lives of children and adults with special needs, and by the way my own life has been enriched by my friendship with a terrific kid who just needed an adult to hang out with, have fun and eat ice cream (lot's of ice cream!). It is easy for me to appreciate the value in what we do, since I have seen it first-hand. While my "little" brother has graduated and is off to college, our friendship remains, and I am so proud of the fine young man he has become. What is so touching is that so many of my friends and family also see the value, and donate to support my participation in the Ride. The money we raise goes directly to supporting this important work - the Ride is really just the icing on the cake.
Did I mention the great party at the end of the ride? Although there are riders supporting a dozen child serving agencies, we all share the mission of serving kids and supporting the devoted staff and volunteers who have dedicated their careers (and free time) to making better the lives of children and families in our communities who are in need. We finish the ride tired and hungry, but lifted by the music and cheers of friends new and old. Who could ask for a better community to celebrate with?
This will be my 11th Rodman Ride. In the years since my first ride on a clunker of a mountain bike, I have become something of a cycling enthusiast. I've got a better bike, and cycling keeps me in pretty good shape. But I always come back to the Rodman Ride. It represents the core of why I ride - a cause that gives my enthusiasm for riding a deeper meaning.
Please consider a donation - in any amount - to support this ride. The Ride is fully under-written, so 100% of your donation goes to support the kids. Many of you know I also raise funds for the Israel Ride - but this is an off year for me on that one, so I will only be asking this once.
You can make a donation by clicking on the link above, or you can send me a check made out to the Rodman Ride to: 68 Farmcrest Ave., Lexington, MA 02421