Great Ride Series: Bo Jackson This legendary athlete's favourite ride is one he created himself in name of a cause close to his heart
On 27 April 2011, Alabama was ripped apart by one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. The event left a trail of devastation in its wake, claiming the lives of 64 people and impacting thousands of others.
When one Alabamian suffers, all of Alabama suffers. Such is the way in the Heart of Dixie. Bo Jackson, a native of Bessemer, could not sit by idly when his brothers and sisters needed help.
‘I had to do something. Something that could help unify Alabama. Help put it back together,’ he said. ‘I had this idea of raising money by riding my bike across the state, but I didn’t know where to start. I called up Trek and we got to work. Our first Bo Bikes Bama started in 2012 on the one-year anniversary of the tornadoes, and it’s been growing ever since.’
Bo Jackson casts a large shadow, literally and metaphorically. The former professional baseball and American football player and Auburn University standout is known the world over for his athleticism. Even today, the man fills a doorframe. And it might be intimidating, were it not for the size of his heart.
Eight years after the deadly storms, Bo Bikes Bama is one of the South’s largest one-day charity rides. It has raised over $1.5 million for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, money that has been used to repair 585 homes, build 68 community storm shelters and install 10 emergency warning sirens throughout the state.
I’m proud that we have been able to build something that helps people heal. And we’re just getting started. I would love to see you in Auburn next April for Bo Bikes Bama 2020.
Bo’s Project One Domane+ in progress
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