The 2013 Furnace Creek 508 team Persian Onager is racing for the Bahati Foundation. Each team in the FC 508 must race for the awareness of a charity and Persian Onager, Tonya Bray and Noah Kanter, along with support crew Laura Smart and Ron Matty have chosen the Bahati Foundation. The team, who are racing in memory of Milly Valdes, wanted to choose a charity that focused not on cancer, but on helping youth get in to cycling. Milly was a teacher and she was someone who truly wanted to help those in need, and could see potential in every student. The Bahati Foundation serves the purpose of helping the very kids who need it most.
The Bahati Foundation, founded by Rahsaan Bahati, works to “support inner city youth in under-served communities through inspirational speaking engagements and cycling outreach programs. These are designed to motivate and empower kids toward higher achievement in education, music and sports.” The Foundation achieves this through school visits, skills clinics, and providing financial assistance to young cyclists.
“Bahati Cycle” is a Cycling Outreach program designed to inspire and empower through the sport of cycling. GIVEBack programs are coordinated with Bahati Foundation corporate partners to supply inner-city youth with health and fitness gear, educational supplies and musical instruments, according to the Foundation’s mission.
Rahsaan Bahati is a National Champion cyclist– as a Junior and as an adult– who also happens to be from the inner city. While most cyclists come from privilege, Rahsaan grew up in Compton, California. His parents were concerned about his well-being and introduced Rahsaan to track cycling as a youth. Rahsaan values his cycling lifestyle and decided to share this lifestyle with the kids in his neighborhood as a way to rise above the surroundings.
The Furnace Creek 508 is a road bike race starting in Santa Clarita, California, meandering through Death Valley and ending in Twentynine Palms, California. The 2013 edition, which begins on October 5th, marks the race’s 30th year. Tonya Bray and Noah Kanter are racing as a two person mixed team. For more information about the Furnace Creek 508, visit the web site and read more on mtbchick.com.
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