We are just a week away from one of my personal favorite events of the year, the AMA Hanging Rock 200 Dual Sport & Adventure Ride. There is a lot to love about this event, and Meredith and I look forward to attending it each year. It is put on by OMTA member club Buckeye Dual Sporters, and it is also a shining example of how clubs can put motorized recreation in the public eye in a very positive way. Last year the event set a new record raising over $6000 for the Zaleski Volunteer Fire Department. Year after year this event is their BIGGEST fund raiser. In the fall BDS will put on another AMA event, the Nutcracker 200.

These events do a lot of good for local communities; not only in the donations given to fire departments, or the boost to local businesses when we bring in 300-400 extra customers. Those are wonderful things that impact the local communities as a whole, but even after all that Buckeye Dual Sporters is still not done giving back! BDS also provides scholarships for local high school students who are continuing on to college or trade school after they graduate. This year a young man was awarded a scholarship from BDS to attend Hocking College, and he took the time to send a thank you letter to BDS:

Dear Mr. Kaeppner,
As a recipient of the Buckeye Dual Sporters Scholarship award this year, I am writing to thank
you for your generous, financial support towards my higher education.
I will graduate from Logan High School in a few short weeks. I have applied and been accepted
into the Construction Management – Commercial and Residential Electricity program at
Hocking College. I will begin my higher education journey in August 2013.
By awarding me the Buckeye Dual Sporters Scholarship, I will be able to concentrate on what is
important to me, education. Your financial generosity will help me by allowing me to work less,
giving me more study time.
Again, thank you for the scholarship.

Sincerely,
Jordan Fizer

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