Remembering 4.27: Bo Bikes Bama Kicks Off in Birmingham

April 23, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

Bo-jacksonSports legend Bo Jackson was in Birmingham Monday to launch his week-long bike journey: Bo Bikes Bama. The Alabama native, Auburn University grad and 1985 Heisman Trophy winner is biking across his home state in an effort to raise $1 million to benefit those affected by the tornadoes of April 27, 2011.

All of the funds raised will go to the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, which was established to help Alabamians with unmet recovery needs. The project has already raised more than $278,000. 

The 300-mile ride takes Bo through many communities affected by last year's tornadoes. He'll start in Henegar, Alabama, and make his was through communities including Lake Guntersville, Cullman, Jasper, and Bessemer (his hometown). 

The ride will culminate on Saturday, April 28 in Tuscaloosa, where the public is invited to join Bo on the last three and a half miles of his journey. 

 

Southern Living sat down with Bo to discuss why this cause is so personal to him:

We sat down with Alabama native Bo Jackson to speak about his 300 mile bike ride from Henagar, AL to Tuscaloosa, AL. Bo Bikes Bama will raise money for the victims of the April 27th tornadoes that devastated the region.

 
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 A Pied Piper indeed.

We salute Bo and those making it possible for him to take this journey, and for keeping the needs of Alabamians in mind a year later.

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The story of rebuilding  after 4.27 is personal to us at Southern Living too — Alabama is our home, and those affected are our friends and neighbors. 

So, several of our staff will be joining Bo on his journey later in the week, and we'll be sharing stories from the trek via our Facebook and Twitter (@southern_living) accounts.

Also riding alongside Bo will be a number of notable Southerners (including Texan Lance Armstrong, University of Georgia Heisman winner Herschel Walker, and Alabama resident and Olympic snow skier Picabo Street) and celebrity friends from around the country. 

You can help too. We encourage you to consider supporting this worthy cause. It's easy to donate — click here to make a contribution, or text the keyword BOBIKES to 50555 to donate $10. 

If you're interested in meeting Bo along the journey, the best way to get updates is to follow him on Twitter @BoBikesBama

As Bo says, "This isn't about War Eagle or Roll Tide. This is about the people of Alabama."

And that's something we can all get behind. 

Related Links:

Southern Living's Coverage of the April 27 Tornadoes: What Stands In A Storm 

SI.com: Bo Jackson Biking to Help Tornado Relief Efforts

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