Jess Haggett never considered herself to be an athletic person, but she hasn’t let that get in her way in preparing for the Rodman Ride for Kids. After being a virtual rider (fundraising without riding) two years ago, Jess was a physical rider in last year’s Ride. Even though it was the first biking event she had ever taken part in, she had a great experience and is ready for round two this year!
Last year, Jess raised funds in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, and this year she will be fundraising for her own program within BBBS CM/MW, MySTEM. MySTEM is a mentoring program designed not just to encourage youth participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) but to also ensure a high level of self-esteem in kids interested in this important but daunting field of study – particularly girls and youth of color.
Jess at the 2016 Rodman Ride for Kids.
When asked why the Ride was important to her, she said that it is a “humbling experience” to see so many people come together for a common goal, not to mention the delicious barbecue that awaits riders at the finish line. In last year’s and this year’s Rides, Jess has come up with creative ways to fundraise, ranging from hosting Galas to letting the highest bidder pick her socks for the Ride. To learn more about Jess’ goals and support her in this year’s Rodman Ride for Kids, visit her rider page.
The socks that Jess wore last year, requested by one of her biggest donors!
This year’s Ride is on September 23, 2017. The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching charity event, and 100% of your contributions will go towards funding BBBS CM/MW’s programs serving the youth of Central Mass/Metrowest. If our agency can reach our donation goal of $110,000, the Rodman for Kids organization will match an additional portion of your gift to our agency.
Are you a previous or current rider who would like to be featured in our next spotlight feature? Let us know at Jackie.Lyon@bbbscm.org!
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