Biker Dad: Saluting seniors, keeping teens out of trouble - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Biker Dad: Saluting seniors, keeping teens out of trouble


We all are aware of the crime problem in the Mid-South. We shouldn't have to worry about being robbed, carjacked, or worse when we're going about our daily lives whether we're riding our bikes or going to the movies. And sadly the path to becoming a criminal starts at a young age around here. Troubled teens often have already turned to crime, or are well on their way. Just take the example of local rap artist "Baby CEO." Here's a link to our story about his arrest.  He's only 14 and his music glorifies, guns, crime and sex. His videos produced right here in Memphis show groups of kids flashing guns, cursing, extolling the values of the criminal lifestyle  He was just arrested for a probation violation.

But the "good guys" are always out there battling the problem, and many of those "good guys" are bikers. Saturday we all have another chance to ride, and do it for a good cause. That cause is catching these kids before they turn to crime.  Southern Thunder Harley Davidson and Porter-Leath are holding a benefit ride this Saturday for the Porter-Leath "RSVP" Program.  Porter-Leath's RSVP program provides adults ages 55+ with community volunteer opportunities in DeSoto County. Most mentors serve at-risk youth referred to the program by the DeSoto County Youth Court, but others help in food pantries, libraries and other community resources. "Porter-Leath is thrilled to partner with Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson for the Salute to Seniors Poker Run.The run benefits our RSVP program, so riders are supporting our mentors working with DeSoto County youth," says Shulanda Hastings, RSVP Coordinator.

"We are very excited about this event," said Jessica Price with Southern Thunder Harley Davidson. "Porter-Leath is such an awesome organization to work with! We really hope the Motorcycle community will help us support the RSVP program this weekend, they are doing great things connecting our senior citizens with troubled youth that need a little support and positive influence! See everyone at 9 a.m. for pancakes!"

Registration begins at 8 a.m., kick stands up at 10 a.m. for the poker run. It's $25 in advance per bike, $30 dollars day of.  You can sign up now by calling 901-577-2500 extension 1119. As usual, you don't have to ride to make a donation!

Last year, the RSVP program provided over 1000 hours of service. To become an RSVP volunteer, call 901-577-2500 or visit 

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