GIVINGBACK
Mid-West Love

Giving Back through Cycling 

​During my summer trip to Milwaukee for the Tour of Americas Dairyland and Chicago for Intelligencia Cup, I was blessed to have so many supporters and donors looking for ways to help the Bahati Foundation “Give Back”. This all started with a guy who wants to remain anonymous sending out a mass email asking his cycling friends, family and local bike shops to donate old clothing.
The word spread like wild fire very quickly. Our very first donation came from the Thursday night track racing at Northbrook Velodrome in Northbrook, IL. Racers of all ages and categories donated cycling clothing and even their race winnings for the night. We raised about $75.00 and collected bags of cycling gear.
 
Soon after, BurnHam Racing rider Nate Iden and his crew continued to spread the word about the Bahati Foundations efforts to change the lives of children who desperately need a helping hand through the sport of cycling.
BurnHam Racing delivered a generous box of goods.  We were getting so excited about the contributions being made, as more and more donations were rolling in.
 
​Next to step up to the plate were two awesome shops in the Chicago area; The Pony Shop in Evanston, IL and Higher Gear in Wilmette, IL.  Both shops have been huge supporters of me and my racing dating back to my first time racing the Glencoe Grand Prix in 2010 which supports the Glencoe Education Foundation. To my knowledge, it’s the only cycling race which supports and contributes all proceeds from the event to the Glencoe Educational Foundation. This foundation supports not only special educational projects in Glencoe, but educational programs and schools around the entire Chicago-land area.
​Before ending my trip, I had the honor of meeting and speaking to two special groups in the Woodlawn neighborhood and Chicago's broader south side. Blackstone Bicycle Works is a youth education program of the Experimental Station. It's a bike shop dedicated to promoting ecological practices and empowering youth, teaching mechanical skills, job skills, and business literacy to boys and girls from the under-served Woodlawn neighborhood. I was so impressed with this organization; the Bahati Foundation made a monetary contribution to them.
 
Lastly it was with great pleasure to speak with the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago. Those of you who know my upbringing would know that Major Taylor and the Major Motion Cycling Club out of Los Angeles was instrumental in my cycling career. It was an awesome time down in the Woodlawn neighborhood which is in desperate need of positive groups like Major Taylor and Blackstone. 
Donating to the Blackstone Bike Organization 
Hanging with "Slow Roll Chicago" during the 2nd day of the Intelligensiacup 2015
14 year old Blackstone bike mechanic working on a bike