Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is thrilled to announce the kick-off to our 2013 season with the Rodman Ride for Kids, a noncompetitive 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride through southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Several mentoring programs have joined our efforts to raise funds for their own programs as well. We want you to meet one of the awesome riders on these teams!
- Why did you choose to ride for mentoring in the 2013 Rodman Ride for Kids? Mentoring is such an important cause for me, and being able to raise awareness for it by uniting with others who participate in the Ride for Kids is special. Not only do I get to raise awareness for our program, but also showcase the importance of fitness and what it can do for society.
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far? I like to run a lot and may have taken on some crazy endeavors to support causes, so just being able to say that I can run another mile, ride up another hill, or break sweat - all for a cause - is the biggest reward.
- Tell us about an important mentor you had/have in your life. My granddad. He was a firm believer in service. Much like the Ride’s motto of ensuring all kids live as we would want our own to live, he wanted everyone in his local community to live a healthy and happy life much like himself and his family. He was very humble, carrying out all of his community-based work with aggressiveness, and never arrogance. He has taught me so much, and will always remain an inspiration to serve something greater than myself.
- Why do you think mentoring is important? The need for mentors is important in our society. Even when a young man or woman has someone they can look up to, it takes a village of mentors to make an impact. I have recently become a “Big Brother” through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay so I can do my part in a greater village of service.
- How does mentoring strengthen communities? I think everyone has had a different set of life experiences and been exposed to different worldviews. They’ve faced different challenges, been carried away in different joys, and have acquired a unique array of wisdom. Being able to help a mentee see things a different way, inspire them, and comfort them will hopefully help them become stronger, and in turn, strengthen the social fabric around them as they share their experiences.