In an effort to raise money for foster kids, a group of men previously in the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi at New Mexico State University will cycle from Las Cruces to Aztec, stopping in Roswell May 20, as part of the second annual Tour de Nuevo Mexico.
Cycler Ricky Rascon created the Tour de Nuevo Mexico after cycling cross-country in 2009, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., in a ride put on by Push America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities
After cycling for Push America, Rascon decided to make a ride in New Mexico to raise money for foster kids.
“A lot of these kids are abused and that’s why they’re in foster care,” Rascon said. “Sometimes they end up with disabilities and it’s kind of a win-win for what I’m doing.”
Last year, Rascon and two others did the ride, but this year there will be eight to 10 cyclists making the roughly 625-mile journey. Leaving Las Cruces on May 18, they will ride through Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Roswell, Vaughn, Santa Fe and eventually end at the courthouse in Aztec on May 25. They will be in Roswell around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20. The general purpose of the ride is to raise funds and awareness of organizations serving those with disabilities, but this year’s focus is specifically on children in foster care.
Pi Kappa Phi is a nationwide fraternity founded in 1904. According to its website, Pi Kappa Phi’s vision is to “redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders,” and in accordance with that vision, they have had Push America as their national philanthropy since 1977.
“The fraternity wants to get rid of that typical name for fraternities: party animals, doing keg stands,” Rascon said. “We’re trying to present a different image.”