VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) - A home that helps at-risk young men takes its story and some of its students on the road later this month. A six-day bike-a-thon helps raise money and awareness for the home in Vidalia founded by a sports legend.
Olympic weightlifting legend Paul Anderson drew attention to his new boys' home back in the 60's by riding a bicycle. This month, five young men from the home today take to the road to help keep the mission rolling.
Ten days before they start, the team was out training in the South Georgia sun. They'll ride six days and roughly 95 miles each day. The riders and the staff hope they collect enough sponsorships and donations to raise $200,000 this year to help keep the home operating.
"They understand they not only represent themselves but also Paul Anderson Youth Home, the legacy of Paul Anderson and the history that surrounds this place but also all those who've come before them," said Brian Clift, with the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
They'll stay in churches or homes each night along the way, each rider sharing how the home has changed their life. The home serves up to 20 at-risk young men at a time.
They'll finish the six-day ride back in Vidalia.