Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families in Black Mountain, NC held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, April 7 to dedicated their new Live to Ride NYPUM Shop for off-road motorcycles. The workshop was built by Makson Incorporated under the leadership of David Eller in memory of pro motocross ride Matt Bartosek #88. The shop features memorabilia from youth, pro-am, and pro riders in ATV racing. It also provides storage for riding equipment, a conference room, as well as a place for the riders to work on their bikes. There were several sponsor’s who made this addition possible including, Makson and David Eller; “Live to Ride” Foundation and Debi Bartosek (read more below); Tennoca – Brad and Tim Goodson; Samson Corporation and Phil Parker; American Honda Motor Company; NYPUM Directors and Instructors (read more below); MR Motorcycle; SSi Decals; and Derek Olson Photography.
In 2003, Matt Barosek died while competing at the inaugural ATV Winter Olympics. Matt had earned two overall championships in the 90cc modified class (1998, 1999) and was part of the 2nd place pro team in the first ever ATV 12 Hours of America. Matt received the title of “Most Feared Youth Rider of the Year” by ATVSport in 1999 and was also awarded the Randy Howard Memorial Award for Sportsmanship in 2000. At the time of Matt’s death, his parents began a permanent endowment in his name at the Erie Community Foundation in Erie, PA to celebrate his life and his passion for racing. In 2005, with the support of family and friends, and the racing community, 88 Live to Ride, Inc. was formed to advocate and support the protection, education, and safety of riders involved in motorcycle and ATV racing events. For more information about 88 Live to Ride, visit http://www.88livetoride.com/
The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) along with Honda creates a way to engage youth in the challenging outdoor sport of riding off-road motorcycles. NYPUM also provides a mentoring program that guides and supports youth to make good decisions while participating in exciting activities. Their mission includes encouraging regular school attendance, promoting environmental awareness, fostering community involvement, developing safe riding skills, diverting youth from the juvenile justice system, and developing responsible citizenship. For more information about the NYPUM, visit http://www.nypum.org/