Harley’s ‘Ride the Bases’ Scores a Home Run for Cancer Foundation
Over 100 motorcyclists help raise funds at Spokane Indians event.
We’re not sure which was more of a sight to see on July 29, 2018, at the Avista Stadium baseball park in Spokane, Washington: over 100 motorcycles trekking around the diamond, or Spokane Indians mascot DORIS the Spokanasaurus on the back of one of said bikes.
Sponsored by the Spokane Indians and Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson of Spokane, the seventh “Ride the Bases” event raised money for the Rypien Foundation, which was founded in 2004 by Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien who lost his three-year-old son Andrew to cancer. Funds raised by the foundation go directly to support initiatives that improve the quality of care and quality of life for families fighting childhood cancer in the Inland Northwest.
The day of the event, bikers from the Spokane-based Lone Wolf Harley Owners Group met at the Lone Wolf motorcycle dealership at 10am, then enjoyed a three-hour motorcycle ride ending at the Avista Stadium. Bikers stayed on the field during the national anthem for a special pre-game ceremony, then watched the Indians play against the Hillsboro Hops. (Otto, Official Mascot for the Spokane Indians, and bearded superhero Recycle Man were also on hand for the fun.)
According to a story in The Spokesman-Review, the game’s first pitch was thrown by longtime HOG member Frank Emahiser who considered the opportunity “an honor” and dedicated the pitch to all military members.
All in all, the day was a win-win. A 2-0 win for the Indians. And nearly $10,000 raised for the Rypien Foundation.
Photos courtesy of FaceBook/Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson