Boca Raton Resident Rides 650 Miles to Raise Awareness to Troubled Teens
By Christian Alonso
Reese Jamison and four current residents, alumni, and supporters of the Paul Anderson Youth Home rode their bikes 650 miles from Key West, Florida, to the home’s location in Vidalia, Georgia to honor the home’s founder, Olympic legend and “World’s Strongest Man,” Paul Anderson.
The 10th Annual Paul Anderson Bike Ride honors Anderson’s historic ride from Vidalia to Omaha when he first launched the home in 1961 and helps spread the message of he transformative work the youth home does in troubled teens’ lives and its preventive work through counseling and resources for parents and families.
Jamison and the other riders rode through the Florida cities of Key West, Islamorada, Coral Springs, Stuart, Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach and finished with stops in Brunswick and Vidalia cities of Georgia .
“For most of these boys, this is the toughest thing they will ever have to do,” said Drew Read, COO of the Paul Anderson Youth Home. “Each day, these boys begin to knock down barriers in their lives and realize they can achieve the unthinkable. This ride is truly life-changing for these boys.”
Three years ago, a troubled young Jamison was a sophomore in Boca Raton High School who was lacking the motivation to get through school. ”I was making bad grades Sometimes I skipped school, I would stay home or be with friends. I started getting into drugs” said Jamison. In 2013, he was kicked out of school and found himself on his way to the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
The Paul Anderson Youth Home is a residential home providing Christian rehabilitation for young men seeking an alternative to incarceration.
“Since I have graduated, I feel grown up. I feel like I learn a lot in my time over there.” Jamison continued “I feel respectful and smarter.” Jamison has been sober for the past two years and feels great. He is a lot more confident on the things he do.
Jaminson took up biking last year when he rode in his first Paul Anderson Bike Ride, to prepare for the daunting 650-mile bike ride, Jamison and the other riders train for three months riding 20 to 60 miles each day.
The Boca Raton resident will be attending Palm Beach State College this upcoming fall, where he wants to become a crossfit coach.