Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- St. Scholastica softball coach Jen Walter is trading her bat for a bike this summer, pledging to ride 100 miles on July 6 in support of one her players, International Fall, Minn. native Sydney Gordon.
Walter is doing a century ride as part of the Brookwood Bicycle Tour in Southern Kettle Moraine, Wis. to help raise money for Crohn's Disease Awareness, a disease with which Gordon was diagnosed in high school.
"You get to know your players because you spend so much time with them, and you learn a little bit about them," Walter said. "This was just a really good way for me to combine two things --- support a player and cross something off my own bucket list, at the same time."
The Brookwood Bicycle Tour has chosen The Great Bowel Movement as its beneficiary and partner for the 2013 bike ride. The Great Bowel Movement is a social awareness movement with the goals of empowering patients associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, as well as J-Pouch and Ostomy, to embrace their disease, be proud of their experience, and spread awareness throughout their communities.
Walter set a goal of $1,000 to raise as part of her bike ride and has said she will match all donations made up to $500. As of June 28, she was at $480 with eight days left until the event.