OK200 Kickoff, So Much To Be Thankful For

Today’s media brings us instant and constant exposure to the rigors this world harbors.  It can be enough to make you want to turn off your TV’s, moderate your social media feeds and just hide.  Everyone seems to have experienced this sensory overload at least once.  However, there’s no better way to battle negativity then by arming yourself with the cloak of Christ and a whole lotta positivity.  It’s a mind shift that doesn’t happen over night, but certainly will help you see the world in a different, more uplifting light.  For me, getting involved in helping others while doing the things I’m passionate about is what adjusts my mind and heart to make that important shift.

Four years ago, a couple of friends of mine asked me if I wanted to ride 200 miles in one day?  Like any insane person, I immediately said, “YES”.  Not knowing much more than that, I was committed, (to at least one ride).  Shortly after I committed I was then told I had to do a little fundraising for a cause that I knew nothing about.  Within a few weeks I was learning more and more about this unbelievable and horrific crime known as “Human Trafficking”.  I was a father of a couple of little girl and one on the way, I was human, I had feelings and I was mortified.  Fear can sometimes be a good motivator, so I allowed fear to drive me to open my heart and mind to learn more.  Before long, I was ALL IN on fighting for this cause.  By the way, back then,  there were just 9 of us and about 4 volunteers.  Now I have 3 beautiful daughters and our group has grown to hundreds of caring people.  What a blessing.

Today, we celebrate a community of people consisting of our closest friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances.  All this in just 5 short years.  The outpouring of support has been awe-inspiring and down right humbling.  Witnessing so many people putting others first and dedicating time, money, effort and talents to help others they have not ever met is incredible.  So incredible in fact, that we decided to host an “OK200 Social Event” last Thursday night just to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of our community.  We are appreciative and grateful for the friends who have been with us from the beginning and the new friends we continue to make.

If you missed the social, hopefully you can join us at the next one or for a training ride.  Check our Facebook page for more information and give some love to our incredibly generous sponsors below.

Photos of the Social – April 7th, 2016