BYU coach rides for kids with special needs


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LINDON -- BYU is scheduled to open up fall football camp on Aug. 7, but Saturday morning head coach Bronco Mendenhall got one last motorcycle ride in.

Bronco and some of his coaching staff took part in the Gridiron Rumble motorcycle ride, which is sponsored by Harley Davidson of Lindon and helps children with special needs.

BYU coach rides for kids with special needs

"I usually ride my bike every day during fall camp, and so this is a nice way to kick off the riding season," Bronco said.

"[Bronco] was looking for a way to relax, and he came in and saw me, and I suggested that he get on a motorcycle ‘cause you can't answer your cell phone while you're riding a motorcycle. And he got on one, decided he liked it, and we've supplied him with a bike for the last four years," said Rick Story, who helped organize the Gridiron Rumble Ride.

"Holly and I are getting overwhelmed with the number of responses and nominations and how many kids that we really are trying to serve," Bronco said. "And so, we were thinking how best can we maybe generate more funds to where we can accommodate more people and get this program going? And so the idea is we're trying to combine what I love to do, is ride, with BYU football to support kids. And so, that's where this charity ride started."

Saturday's ride started in Lindon and went to Price and back. Riders paid $25 to go along, and the money raised will to Thursday's Heroes -- a charitable initiative of the BYU football program for people with special needs and circumstances.

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