2013 America the Beautiful Ride For Unity
Postponed Until September TBA
Join us for a ride with celebrity guest cyclists 2012 Olympic silver medalist Dotsie Bausch, Miss America (2008) Kirsten Haglund and best-selling author Jenni Schaefer at the 1st Annual America the Beautiful – Ride for Unity.
The Ride for Unity is a 10, 25 or 40-mile bicycle ride in Elgin, a suburb of Chicago, that celebrates self-love and acceptance.
100% of the profits will benefit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) in order to make a life-changing impact and to help those in crisis. The ride was created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts, inspired by his passion for cycling and his America the Beautiful film series that examines America’s unhealthy obsession with beauty, dieting, and most recently, the sexualization of our youth.
Our guiding goal for the 2013 Ride for Unity, is to touch as many lives with our progressive message as possible. We will celebrate love and acceptance of both self and of others. Sexual abuse and eating disorders are two of the leading issues affecting women and young people. In the United States, 20 million women suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified. There is an average of 207,754 victims of sexual assault each year, with someone in the U.S. being assaulted every 2 minutes. (Statistics taken from NationalEatingDisorders.org and RAINN.org)
By riding with us at the 2013 Ride for Unity, you will help make a significant stand against the atrocities that can lead to eating disorders and sexual abuse. Let’s work together to help women overcome the issues that they face and feel love and acceptance for themselves.
Olympic Silver Medalist
Seven time U.S. National Champion, 2x Pan Am Championships gold medal winner, and Olympic Silver Medalist Dotsie Bausch represents an important issue related to this ride in particular. While Bausch has scored major victories on the bike, perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of a severe eating disorder, which threatened to take her life over a decade ago after a promising modeling career in New York City. It was during her recovery that she discovered her passion for cycling. Bausch’s inspiring personal story has been chronicled in the media and she makes herself available to support women and men around the world in their battle to return to healthy eating and living habits.
2008 Miss America
2008 Miss America Kirsten Haglund is a tireless advocate for increased awareness of Eating Disorders as a public health priority. On behalf of this cause, she has made guest speaking appearances at Harvard University, the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and for the United States Congress while lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition for Mental Health Parity and the FREED Act. Kirsten continues to travel and speak at Universities, for non-profit organizations, and youth and civic organizations nationwide and throughout Europe, and she continues to be an advocate for legislation related to eating disorders. In February of 2009 she founded the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, whose mission is to fundraise to provide treatment scholarships to assist families and individuals battling eating disorders.
Jenni Schaefer’s breakthrough best-seller, Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, popularized an approach that enables men and women to personify their illness (Jenni called hers “Ed,” short for “Eating Disorder”) and “divorce” themselves from it. Her latest book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, takes the journey a step farther, from recovery to liberation.
Darryl Roberts, President of Harley Boy Entertainment, is an established writer, producer, and director. His award-winning documentaries “America the Beautiful” (parts 1 & 2) have played in cities around the world. “America the Beautiful Part 3″ is currently in production. Roberts is also celebrated both in the U.S. and abroad for “How U Like Me Now,” the highly acclaimed independent film about relationships in the 90′s. Mr. Roberts also amassed experience in the radio and television industry. He began his career as an on-air personality for radio station WKKC-FM, in Chicago. He used his earnings as a salesman at Seagram’s wine division to produce his own local cable television program entitled Backstage with Darryl Roberts. Then Roberts joined WMAQ-TV’s Sunday morning news program as host of Hollywood Hype, an insider’s look at the entertainment industry. His segment rapidly gained a strong following and was rated among the top entertainment features in Chicago. Mr. Roberts also directed some of Europe’s hottest commercials and music videos. Most notable of the bunch was the music video for Gloria Gaynor’s European comeback titled I Never Knew.
2013 CHARITY RECEIPIENTS:
NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on the behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA reaches millions of people in need of support every year, and campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders.
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.