Friends Touring Ball Parks on Bikes for Good Cause
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’ve ridden 6500 miles — through a tropical storm, floods, the Rockies and the desert, but Friday night they were sitting comfortable inside Kauffman Stadium.
These four young men deserve it. Their long road trip is a way to give back to young kids looking for those desperately needed male mentors.
Those on the trip include two from Shawnee, Kansas, Adam Kremers and Chase Higgens and two other friends from college, Rex Roberts of Denver Colorado and Steve Lunn of Boulder, Colorado.
The trip, when finished, will total 11,000 thousand miles. They will have hit all 30 Major League Ballparks and will have spent time mentoring hundreds of kids — making this one very memorable summer road trip.
“Baseball has been a huge part of my life every since I was growing up. I mean I was at game 6 of the 1985 world series, I was 6 months old,” said Kremers.
They are four avid baseball fans who recently decided to quit their jobs, hit the road and give back.
“It started off as the possibly to really live out this adventure and get to see all these ballparks and have a great trip. But as soon as we started and it started to take form. It really started to click that we could make a huge impact in the lives of these kids by really using it as a recruiting tool for these programs,” said Roberts.
Friday night they were relishing in their dream turned reality, on the field of ballpark number 14, Kauffman Stadium, on their trip to hit all 30 in the US.
“I mean I was birthed a Royals fan from the getgo and birthed a baseball fan from the getgo,” Kremers said. “Its an incredible perspective. You know you get a really intimate view of a lot of places that you fly over or drive past and not bat an eye,” said Roberts.
But what the trip is really about is the kids they meet and mentor along the way. At each stop, the four hold a baseball clinic for kids they say desperately need a positive influence in their life.
“Its been a lot of fun to see the spark in their eye the first time they make a diving catch or get their first hit,” said Kremers.
“Let them feel like an all-star for a game,” added Roberts.
The trip has been financed from the fours own pockets as well as some donors along the way. They say they just want to raise awareness accross the country that mentors and needed and it only takes a little bit of time to change the life of these young kids.
The four are almost halfway, they still have 5500 miles and 16 ballparks, as well as hundreds more kids to visit along the way.
For more information on the non-profit Biking for Baseball, visit http://www.bikingforbaseball.org