Above and Beyond: Richmond nonprofit working to end cycle of poverty

Richmond, VA (WRIC) — All this week, Good Morning Richmond is featuring people or groups that go above and beyond in the community.

Today, a former professional cyclist working to help a non-profit organization end the cycle of poverty.

Back in 2010, founder of Richmond Cycling Corps Craig Dodson, was looking for other professional cyclists to use their love for riding to help change the lives of Richmond kids living in public housing.

“I got the call to put that to use when I retired,” Matt Crane said. “My background in cycling and in this case helping kids in really challenging circumstances.”

Crane joined the team and today he’s Director of Development, helping the organization race their way to success.

“Matt puts his head down and goes,” Dodson said. “I don’t have to sort of line things up for him to do. He’s already doing things, which takes a lot of pressure off of me so that I can go do my job.”

In addition to helping kids living in public housing, Dodson’s Richmond Cycling Corps launched the nation’s first inner city mountain bike team at Armstrong High School.

Now the organization will soon open up a bike rental service at Richmond’s Capital Bike Trail to give the public an opportunity to ride for a small price, give kids a job, and bring in some revenue for the non-profit.

“Everything we do is to empower young people to break free from poverty and to get out of public housing,” Crane said. “We’re offering them a way to gain access to a bicycle in the same time help a really great cause.”

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