On the road again, 6th annual Bo Bikes Bama announced
AUBURN, Ala. (bobikesbama.com) – Two-sport legend Bo Jackson announced today that his 6th annual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride will return to Auburn, Ala. the morning of Saturday, April 29, 2017. Since the inaugural ride in 2012, more than 3,100 participants from as far away as England have cycled alongside Jackson to raise more than $1.1 million for disaster recovery and preparedness in Alabama.
“Last year, we hit our 5-year anniversary and exceeded the $1.1 million mark raised through Bo Bikes Bama,” says Jackson. “This ride has become so meaningful to me and I’m humbled by so many supporters who have made Bo Bikes Bama an annual tradition. The comraderie of Bo Bikes Bama cyclists is unmatched, and I look forward to another memorable event.”
The inaugural Bo Bikes Bama ride took place on the first anniversary of the devastating April 2011 tornadoes. Since it’s inception, Bo Bikes Bama has raised more than $1.1 million for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GERF). Initially used for unmet tornado recovery needs, funds raised through the charity ride now support the building of community storm shelters and warning sirens throughout the state. Funds are raised through sponsorships, donations, registration fees, a silent auction, and rider fundraising campaigns.
Since 2012, a number of celebrities have joined Jackson’s cause, including MLB outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr.; actors Andre Holland and Ben McKenzie; Olympians Picabo Street and Al Joyner; paralympian Blake Leeper; NFL stars Brett Favre, Brian Bosworth, Donald Driver and Fred McCrary; professional cyclists Lance Armstrong and Christian Van Velde; and NBA legend Scottie Pippen.
In addition to the bike ride, Jackson will host a silent auction event Friday, April 28 at The Red Barn at Ag Heritage Park on the campus of Auburn University. The event will feature high-value sports memorabilia for bidding, drinks, and hors d’ oeuvres. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow riders and supporters and hear from Jackson himself as he speaks about the upcoming ride. More information about the event and the ride will be available online as details are confirmed at bobikesbama.com.
Nike, Trek Bicycle, Trek Travel, and Big Communications will return as producing partners of the 2017 event. Sponsorship opportunities are available through Brian Munger, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates on the 2017 ride will be posted to bobikesbama.com, Facebook.com/bobikesbama, and Twitter.com/bobikesbama.
About the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley established the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) immediately following the devastating April 27, 2011 tornadoes. GERF helps Alabamians who have exhausted all other avenues of disaster relief provided by insurance, government funding and relief organizations. Through the fund, 579 homes have been repaired at an average cost of $6,720. GERF has also funded projects to protect the state in future natural disasters, including 63 community safe rooms, 8 emergency warning sirens, and emergency generators for volunteer fire departments. A nine-member committee reviews requests presented by Long Term Recovery Committees from across the state and votes on funding to help individuals and communities recover. United Ways of Alabama serves as the fiscal agent for GERF, which is administered by Serve Alabama.
About Bo Bikes Bama
Bo Bikes Bama is a charity bike ride started by sports legend Bo Jackson to honor the lives lost during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes and help the state of Alabama recover and prepare for the future. In the past four years, Bo Bikes Bama has attracted approximately 3,100 cyclists from across the country and raised more than $1.1 million. Bo Bikes Bama initiatives support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has repaired hundreds of homes and provided community storm shelters throughout the state. Producing partners include Nike, Trek Bicycle, Trek Travel, and Big Communications. For more information about Bo Bikes Bama, visit bobikesbama.com.