If you know anything about Eagle Scouts, you know these guys are some of the most ambitious, hardworking and motivated people you’ll ever meet. And these Scouts are also proof that to make a difference, you have to take initiative in creative – and sometimes unconventional – ways. Think: pedaling 2.3 million times across 11,000 miles for a good cause.
Struck by the passion to empower youth, 22-year-old Eagle Scout Matt Stoltz is biking across America and stopping by 30 Major League Baseball ballparks along the way for Biking for Baseball. The program out of Denver, Colo., seeks to promote youth mentoring through coaching, cycling, and baseball.
“I’m passionate about this effort,” shared Matt in his Biking for Baseball blog. “I am passionate about Biking for Baseball. I’m passionate about the kids. I’m passionate about mentors. I’m passionate about making a difference. This trip allows me to bring a great deal of awareness to a cause that everyone should support.”
Beginning his journey in April, he’s already traveled more than four thousand miles from Seattle to his current location in Houston. In hopes of raising $100,000 for the youth program, Matt has encountered every curve ball Mother Nature could throw. He’s cycled through freezing temperatures, snow, rain, floods, and the heated countryside completely on his own. Never knowing where he will sleep, Matt depends on the kindness of strangers he meets for lodging (although he’s made camp under a bridge or two!).
With ballpark number 10 down and 20 more to go, Matt has a long journey ahead. Yet, with the determination and heart for service of an Eagle Scout, there’s no doubt his perseverance will pay off in an incredible way.
Discover how you can take part in Matt’s adventures and follow him every pedal of the way by heading to his blog over at Biking for Baseball.