Verbum Dei High School

Bahati Foundation Supports two High School Cycling Teams.

(September 20, 2014) – Championship cyclist Rashaan Bahati and the
Bahati Foundation, recently launched Adopt-a-School and GivingBACK Programs, at
two area high schools.
The cycling clubs, which will be mentored by Bahati, President and Founder of the
Bahati Foundation, were established at James Monroe Magnet High School, LA Unified
School District and Verbum Dei High School, Jesuit Work Study College Prep in Los

“These kids probably were not aware that there was a professional cycling champion
right here in their neighborhood. Rahsaan’s success enabling him to GivingBACK, is
exemplified by the Bahati foundation’s commitment to partner with us and offer their
resources to our boys. They certainly have proven themselves by working diligently to
transcend the obstacles facing our students ,” said Lorenz Willis, Dean, Admissions,
Outreach and Recruitment, Verbum Dei, H.S.
The initial goal of the foundation is to establish Bahati Foundation Student Cycling
Clubs (BFSCC ) to expose students to the sport of cycling as an alternative to traditional
sports activities, while promoting bike safety, health and fitness.
The Bahati Foundation provides various outreach programs designed to provide exposure
and motivation for inner-city youths. “With all the budget cuts public schools have faced,
over the last few years, I am so proud that we are able to enhance the opportunity for
achievement through our cycling clubs,” stated Rahsaan Bahati, Founder and President of
the Foundation.

BFSCC activities will include trips to the Los Angeles Velodrome for instruction, club
rides, bike training/safety clinics, guest speakers, healthy eating habits and much more.
In addition to specific club activities, the foundation in conjunction with the schools will
launch its Safe Routes To School campaign for students who need to travel on their own
back and forth to campus.
For more information about the BFSCC, contact Rashid Bahati, Executive Director,
Bahati Foundation; phone 323.737.3163 or email

About Verbum Dei High School
Verbum Dei High School is a Catholic, Jesuit, college and career preparatory
complemented by our corporate internship program, serving young men of Watts and the
surrounding communities who are economically and academically underserved. We
develop self-confident gentlemen who are intellectually motivated, spiritually rooted,
contemplative, and courageous in their pursuit of a more humane and just world.

About James Monroe High School
Monroe HS is committed to developing and motivating every student to achieve
academic and personal success. Through a rigorous academic program, personalized
relationships, and relevant meaningful connections to the outside world, Monroe High
School will prepare all students to excel and achieve. Monroe HS will prepare all
students to function effectively in a technological, multilingual, and multicultural world;
to develop communication and problem-solving skills; to work productively in
collaboration with others; and to become responsible and valuable members of society.

About The Bahati Foundation
Headed by seven-time US National Pro Champion Cyclist, Rahsaan Bahati, a graduate of
Crenshaw High School The Bahati Foundation launched 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
The vision was conceived to GiveBACK and serve as a positive influence to community
youth. The mission of the Foundation is to support inner-city youth in under-served
communities through the sport of cycling, inspirational speaking, and educational
programs. These outreach programs are designed to motivate and empower youth toward
higher achievement in education, music and sports. The Bahati Foundation has serviced
over 10,000 youth nationally. The Bahati Foundation is a 501 3c non-profit organization.

Bob Oliver
Oliver Communications