Bay Area BMXers Bring Bikes to Juvie Hall

July 26, 2016 by  

Bay Area BMXers Bring BMX to Juvie Hall

Following a very moving first-person-account post by Bay Area BMXers team member, Chris Kontos on Saturday Night, BMX News took notice of a weekend program Howard Cato’s team undertook at a maximum secutiry Youth Detention facility in Alameda County, CA.

Four team members (Jim Schloffel, Brian Simmons, Chris Kontos and Brandon Cato) loaded up a trailer with bikes and helmets, and created a simple race course for the inmates to ride, following the showing of some racing video highlights from last year’s Grands and some other races.

There was far too much “heart” to this story for us to tell it in text alone—and because of the circumstances, there were no phones allowed for photos or video—so we were pleased to invite Howard, Jim, Brian and Chris on the Announcers Tower Podcast to hear about their event behind the walls of the detention facility—and also their popular after school program that starts up again soon.

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This is definitely not a constituency we had given much thought to. Howard and his group prove that we all might get more involved in our communities to help raise up the hopes and dreams of those kids who, without such influence may-just go down the wrong path.

Big props to Howard and the Bay Area BMXers, and thanks for doing the show to let BMX News readers in on your story.