Growing up in Peru, Rocio “RC” Colon (BSIS student) raced her bike through the streets of Lima. She learned to ride so well that she became a BMX (bicycle motocross) racer, competing in international circuits. Years later, as an adult, she took her son to a professional race, where his excitement reminded her of how passionate she used to be about riding.
“At that moment, I realized that I not only wanted to get back into racing competitively, but I also wanted to share my knowledge of the sport with children in my community,” says Colon.
Today, Colon is the founder and owner of RIDE, a training program based in Manassas, Va., that helps motivate, support and mentor children in learning to BMX race. Her program provides bike equipment to underprivileged children, helps children with disabilities learn the basics of BMX racing and hosts workshops for parents new to the sport.
“It’s important for parents to be involved in their kids’ hobbies,” says Colon. “I work with parents to teach kids to become better BMX racers, but also to become better people.”