LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At a time when 24 million kids across America are growing up without their dads, the 21st Century Dads Foundation has taken to the road for the inaugural Dads Honor Ride – a 21-day, 2,100-mile bike ride from L.A. to Chicago concluding on Father’s Day – to provide the first such support for major charities that help dads become more active in their kids’ lives.
A team of intrepid cycling dads kicked off their marathon journey at iconic Santa Monica Pier headed for Chicago’s Navy Pier. One of their first stops is a LA-area medical Center in Lynwood, the future site of the first Boot Camp for New Dads program in Southern California, which is among the beneficiaries of the fundraising ride.
Helmeted and spandex-wearing dads, members of the first-responders and vets relay teams pedaled up to the Family Life Center at St. Francis for a family friendly send-off before embarking on their 100+ mile first-day ride to Palm Springs.
Throughout the western United States, community supporters, hospital staffs and others at stops in various cities will salute the cyclists braving desert heat, mountain climbs and distracted drivers to raise awareness and funds for programs that are improving the lives of children and fathers.
Children from father-absent homes are more likely to drop out of school, have problems with drugs and alcohol, get involved with crime and become incarcerated, become teen parents, have psychological problems and commit suicide.
David Hirsch, the ride’s leader and president of the 21st Century Dads Foundation (www.21stCenturyDads.org), said, “From a societal perspective an estimated 4 of 10 - or 24,000,000 - children across America grow up in father-absent homes. 41% of all children are born out of wedlock. Our ride is a wonderful next step in helping solve the problems that result from fatherless homes.”