On, September 27, I will bike 50 miles to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) in my eighth Rodman Ride for Kids.
This will be my ninth year as a “Big”—and my most challenging so far. My “little brother” Dion has faced numerous issues stemming from his refusal to identify participants in a crime he witnessed out of fear of retaliation. As a result, the victim then implicated him in the crime, and without a strong advocate, he began to fall through the cracks of the juvenile justice system. At one point, he was actually minutes away from being incarcerated until he turned 18. During this difficult period, Big Brothers Big Sisters was invaluable to Dion, his mother and myself as we worked to ensure his safety and well-being. I am happy to report that Dion is now on a path to stability.
Like Dion, most of the kids in the BBBMB program do not start life on an even playing field or have access to the resources that we often take for granted. They need our help.
Over the past seven years, I have raised more $50,000 through the Rodman Ride for Kids, 100% of which has gone to match kids with mentors and support their relationships. Currently, 2,500 active one-to-one relationships are managed by the organization—and another 500+ littles are on the waiting list. Sponsors cover the overhead for the bike ride so that 100% of your donations go directly to BBBSMB.
If you are interested in supporting me please (before this e-mail get buried) please take a few seconds to click through to make an electronic donation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible and any amount you can give is appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your support!