BYU Football Fans Cycle 450 Miles for Charity

The following is a press release detailing a group of cyclists that are using BYU's upcoming road game at UNLV as an opportunity to help out a good cause.

In response to Coach Bronco Mendenhall's challenge to fans to convince him that they are "fully invested" in the BYU football program, a group of four cyclists will ride from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend a BYU vs. UNLV game. Each mile ridden will raise money to be given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah to help send at least 10 under-served youth to BYU summer sports camps. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is currently trying to boost the number of male mentors needed to serve the approximately 708 boys enrolled in the program.

"The Raise the Bar '07 tour is a tremendous boon to our program. Through this event, we will be able to reach many potential Big Brothers that we couldn't reach otherwise. Only 30% of volunteer calls come from men and almost 60% of the kids we serve are boys. It is easy to see that we really need more male mentors." Pam Sanders - President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

The cyclists will start October 9th and ride over one hundred miles a day, for a total of 450 miles over four days, to attend the game on the 13th. On the first day of the tour former BYU and professional football player (Colts, Blaze) and current host of the Manly Morning Show on 1280 The Sports Zone, Hans Olsen will join the cyclists and ride from Provo to Delta, Utah, covering the first 100 miles of the trip.

The Garner D. Jensen Insurance Group First Annual Charity Bike Tour will become an annual event in which cyclists will ride to one BYU road game each year. Individuals will be able to sponsor the cyclists and choose either to donate a minimum of $.05 per mile or a flat dollar amount, or match a percentage of total money raised. 100% of all money raised will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

If you'd like more information about the charity event, or to schedule interviews with anyone involved, please contact Alfred Quinn at (801) 649-4109, cell (801) 694-2542, or email him at

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