Athlete Recovery Fund’s Wrap up from Chicago’s Dew Tour

Here’s an update from the Athlete Recovery Fund from the Chicago Dew Tour stop. ARF is a major player at the Dew Cup events and is able to have the foundation benefit from this tour with auctions and bringing awareness to what they do. HEAL supports ARF with shirts that provide donations to this foundation. So check out their recap that was taken from their website, check out some shirts that will help support ARF, and go check out their website to see more of what they do.

Wrap up from Chicago’s Dew Tour: (this info in cr. to ARF)

Athlete Recovery Fund kicked off the Dew Tour season with a lot of involvement at the first stop. We started out Thursday night with an athlete meeting which the Hyatt Regency Hotel donated a banquet room and negotiated a special menu for. The official insurance reps of ARF, Jeff Suarez and Amanda Savage also split the costs of providing the food to all who showed up! All together 53 BMX’ers showed up to get the details about what ARF accomplished last year and to ask any questions that came to mind.

There still is some confusion regarding how to apply for assistance so just to put it out there if you are a professional BMX, Skate or FMX rider in need of financial help after an injury please click on the Apply button from our home page at . Complete the information and usually you will get a response in 24 – 48 hours. If you know of anyone that may benefit from our help email or just complete the application.

Most importantly ARF is not a replacement for health insurance. We all need to have at least the most basic medical insurance coverage. ARF is here to help with the costs that insurance doesn’t cover like deductibles, surgery, rehabilitation specialists, home health care equipment and more. If you have questions about insurance email and we will put you in touch with the best people in the business. Policies are surprisingly cheaper than most expect.

Friday kicked off the opening of the venue to the public and Paul Mitchell brought out volunteer students and stylists from Paul Mitchell’s local school and distributor. They all gave up their weekends to sit in the heat and provide hundreds of haircuts and sample products for anyone that donated at least $15 to ARF! Their amazing efforts raised awareness and money for ARF so a huge thanks to all the students and stylists!

Ogio had been scheduled to have a dunk tank running all weekend, but a soggy field and a leaky water truck prevented us from pulling it off. Keep an eye out for the dunk tank at upcoming stops on the tour!

Friday night was the Alli After Dark party where ARF had some awesome auction items provided by supporters who provided product.

  • Fit PRK3 Complete bike!
  • Oakley men’s and women’s glasses and googles!
  • Nike 6.0 Lightning Bolts artwork!
  • Transworld Media Ride BMX subscriptions, videos t-shirts and sweatshirts!
  • Rockstar helmet signed by all the BMX team riders sweatshirts, trucker hats and t-shirts!
  • Allan Cooke autographed his cover shot of Ride magazine and a helmet!
  • Complete front and rear complete Big Ballers and two custom Stephen Murray Big Baller rims!
  • A pretty amazing opportunity where all the BMX Dirt finalists autographed their shirts straight off their back after the comp to support the auction!
  • Jamie Bestwick even provided one of his very own custom painted bikes from the ’08 season!

The auction was a huge success thanks mostly to Chuck Hemmingway and the crew from Ball Park cleaning us out! Just a little teaser ARF and Ball Park are working on an upcoming project that will be debuted at the Portland stop of the Dew Tour, Wendy’s Invitational. You won’t miss it!

We can’t forget the athletes who also opted in to donate 5% of their purse money in support of ARF. Although the consent forms didn’t make it in all of the athlete’s registration packets I had many BMX’ers chasing me down asking to sign one. Props to all who supported ARF, you get it!

Altogether we had a slam packed weekend during the first visit for ARF and Dew Tour in Chicago! Looking forward to the rest of the season and all we can accomplish this year. Fundraising is tough business in these financial times but ARF is here for the long haul and as you can see we are coming up with more ways to get companies to participate and donate all the time. See you on the road this summer!

Mission Statement: To provide Professional Athletes in BMX, FMX and Skate Boarding with financial support after a severe injury and granting funds for rehabilitation, equipment, long term disability and educational scholarships.

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