IS RIDING IT FORWARD™?
IT'S A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT!!! Former Florida State University football and Biggest Loser finalist Joe Ostaszewski will be riding his bike across America to help raise awareness for the Wear Your Soul project and National 4-H Council healthy living programs. Ostaszewski wants to inspire young people and their families to live active healthy lives and provide them with the tools and programs they need to become ‘Change Agents’ in the fight against childhood obesity.
AND IT'S A MOVIE!!! Riding It Forward will be a 90 minute feature-length film starring Joe Ostaszewski, the Wear Your Soul Project Team and children across America. This film will delve into this Nation’s most serious healthcare crisis in history, childhood obesity. We want to tell the story of how it feels being an "Overweight Child" in America. Our dream is that every child is empowered with the tools and programs they need to become the “Change Agents’ in the fight against childhood obesity. Through the eyes of the children we hope to create the spark that will change the lives of thousands. Joe, the Wear Your Soul Project Team and our partners will show how small changes in a child’s lifestyle could forever change the life of a CHILD, a COUNTRY , and the WORLD.
NEW RIDING IT FORWARD™PLEDGES
THE WEAR YOUR SOUL® PROJECT (WYSP) began tackling this obesity epidemic by promoting healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle through exciting outdoor adventures: Trail Running, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Hiking and Snowboarding … activities that are non-competitive by design … “Sports Without Scoreboards”. Children who participate in a WYSP experience gain a feeling of accomplishment, specific tools to change their life, and a big dose of self-confidence.
MAJOR WYSP EVENTS have been held at Florida State University, Clemson University and at TreeUmph a “High Ropes Challenge” in Bradenton, Florida. We saw powerful changes at these events and decided to take our message national with the “Riding It Forward” Campaign … a cross-country bicycle tour to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic that's hurting America's children.
Joe is teaming up with the National 4-H Council to build a Team of “Change Agents” in the fight against childhood obesity.Beginning at the National 4-H Council's Campus in Chevy Chase, MD, Joe will ride his bicycle cross country ending up at The Biggest Loser Ranch in Calabasas, CA. Along the way, he will speak to children and their families about the impact of obesity, empowering them to beat this disease with healthy lifestyle choices and an active lifestyle.
Participants will have an opportunity to experience healthy snack options and learn about good nutrition through the National 4-H Council’s Food Smart Families Program. In addition, each will have the opportunity to become “Change Agents” by signing a Pledge and the WEAR YOUR SOUL® PROJECT'S Big Red RV. When possible, children and families can ride along with Joe and there may even be a few guest appearances by his identical twin Henry and ???
RIDING IT FORWARD™ GOALS
THE RIDING IT FORWARD CAMPAIGN to raise awareness about childhood obesity is a grassroots movement that can't succeed without your help!
WE NEED EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU! We’re asking for a minimum of $182,000 (USD) which will cover a team of 5 for 2 months on the road and guarantee the production and filming of the cross country tour. Additional funds will be committed to making the film even better.. Of course we'd be happy with a few large donations, but it's the power of the single dollar that is most important. Each dollar gets us that much closer to our goal. Your donation of $1, $5, $10, $20 or ??? is a powerful weapon in the fight against childhood obesity, an epidemic that's plaguing our country. The power is in the numbers. Become a “Change Agent” and let your voice be heard! We also have some pretty cool PERKS for those of you that have a little extra set aside to GIVE to something you believe in :-)
RIDING IT FORWARD™ TRAIL
42 CITIES 7 MAJOR MARKETS!!! Joe and the Wear Your Soul Project Team will be blazing a trail promoting healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle with stops in 42 cities and co-sponsoring 7 Major Market Events with the National 4-H Council.
WHEN WILL IT START? Really it started almost 5 years ago when this whole amazing journey began, but a professional film crew and cameras will commence rolling on July 31, 2014, at the National 4-H Council's Campus in Chevy Chase, MD. The film will be a full-time production from July through October of 2014, and include appearances and interviews with athletes, musicians, celebrities and most importantly 42 children and their families. We will be filming along the trail and at every Major Market Event. So YOU could be in this movie!
Chevy Chase, MD (July 31)
Nashville, TN (August 12)
Little Rock, AK (August 19)
Oklahoma, OK (August 26)
Amarillo, TX (September 4)
Flagstaff, AZ (September 17)
Los Angeles, CA (September 25)
Calabasas,CA (September 26)
“Joining Joe as he ‘Rides It Forward’ across America and inspires kids to live active healthy lives is a dream come true for me,” exclaims Henry. “I’m a single father. I know the challenges of raising my 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. Helping them make healthy choices isn’t always easy. I’ve learned by setting the example, providing healthy foods in our home and introducing them to outdoor adventure sports has led to fun, quality time together and healthy, active kids! That’s what the Wear Your Soul® Project does for ALL kids!
RIDING IT FORWARD™ FAQ's
How can I get a copy of the ‘Riding It Forward’ Movie?
Once the Film is finished, it will be available for purchase through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon! DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital copies will also be available for purchase for those who want a copy. All profits from the film will continue to support the Wear Your Soul Project.
How much money are you getting from other sources?
As of right now; None. Of course we’d be happy with a few large donations, but it's the power of the single dollar that is most important. This Ride and Film is being produced with the help of your pledges to prevent outside influences. Sponsors, advertisers, and even investors will have to align with our mission and will be carefully selected. We want to avoid anything that can affect things like bias and journalistic integrity. The Riding It Forward Cross Country Tour will be an American Road Trip capturing authentic stories from children and their families that struggle with obesity.
What if you don’t reach the campaign goal?
We are committed to the ride and making this movie no matter what happens or how much we raise. Any and all money received from this campaign will go towards riding across America and making this Film. The RIDE must go on!
My family and I struggle with obesity. We want to tell our ‘Story’ How can we be in this film?
If you are an overweight parent and/or have an overweight child or children and you want to be in this film, please check out our route across America and if you live in one of the 42 city stops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details (name, age, location, telephone number, Skype, other info, etc) and we’ll be in touch.
RIDING IT FORWARD™ BLOGS's
Joe will be blogging from the road and sharing his stories every week?
Remember this is a Grassroots Movement and Every DOLLAR counts! TAKE 2 minutes and pledge $1, $5, $10, $20....????. Become part of this grassroots movement and help us inspire children to become 'Change Agents' in the fight against childhood obesity. Get weekly behind the scene updates from the team with every pledge.