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‍Join Us for the Ultimate Community Ball2Bike Ride with AEG in May 2025!

Are you ready to pedal towards a healthier future while gaining valuable insights from celebrity athletes? Don't miss out on the most anticipated event of the year—the AEG Community Ball2Bike Ride!

In May 2025, grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and join us for a thrilling ride through the scenic campus of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California, home of the LA Galaxy.

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist, beach cruiser or just starting out, this event is perfect for riders of all ages and skill levels.But that's not all—we're thrilled to announce that you'll have the opportunity to ride alongside celebrity athletes who are passionate about sharing their experiences and wisdom. Hear directly from these sports icons as they discuss the inevitable transition that all competitive athletes face—the journey from the pinnacle of their careers to life beyond sports.At the heart of the AEG Ball2Bike Ride is a commitment to holistic well-being for all athletes.

We understand that the transition out of competitive athletics can be challenging, impacting mental health, physical health, and one's sense of identity. That's why we've curated a series of inspiring talks and discussions led by athletes who have navigated this transition with grace and resilience.Learn how to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being, maintain your physical fitness, and redefine your identity beyond the realm of sports.

Gain valuable insights, practical tips, and empowering strategies to help you thrive in all aspects of life, both on and off the bike.But wait, there's more! After the ride, stick around for a vibrant community festival featuring live music, delicious food, interactive exhibits, and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow riders and athletes.

It's the perfect way to celebrate your achievements and continue the conversation about athlete well-being.So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to pedal towards a brighter future at the AEG Community Bike Ride. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to ride, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for health, wellness, and the power of community.

Spaces are limited, so secure your spot today and join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired, empowered, and ready to embrace the journey ahead. We'll see you at the starting line!

Date: May 2025
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson California
Time: 8am
Registration: Coming Soon, Please show your interest in participating here

Let's ride together towards a healthier, happier future!

Ball2Bike® events are the signature event for the Always An Athlete® Mission. Events can be put on by High Schools, Collegiate Athletic Departments & Programs, as well as Professional Sports Franchises. Each event includes lectures, seminars, workshops and, at their heart, bike rides (for anybody & everybody) and races (for those of you who simply need to get out there and compete).

shifting gears

Bill Walton

UCLA and NBA Legend

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Jenné Blackburn perfectly outlines the many positive benefits that riding a bike can have on all of us,

cycling is a most inclusive activity, it’s good for me, it’s good for you, it’s good for everyone, and it’s good for our planet,

I love my bike, and the community it creates. The bike is a wonderful tool for your mental as well as physical health.

It encourages you to get up, get outside and get going—in the game of life—always forward, and further,

like the song, FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, ride for fun, your bike will take you places that you can’t possibly get to by yourself,

your bike will show you things about yourself, and the world in general, that you have no idea even exists,

here we go, enjoy the ride, roll on forever, I thank Jenne Blackburn, and my bike, for my life

Rebecca Rusch

Ultra endurance professional athlete
Seven-time World Champion
2x Cycling Hall of Famer
Emmy Award Winner, and Motivational Speaker

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Always An Athlete resonates with me as a professional athlete but also for humanity as a whole. There is plenty of science, and Jenné shares it, around the positive impacts of getting involved with and staying involved in sports for life. Research shows that athletics are so beneficial and formative in our young years, but what happens when we stop competing and our identity as an athlete seems to fade away?

Jenné uses her personal story and at the same time amplifies the experience of millions of athletes who feel a little lost when transitioning from their competitive sport into their next athletic chapter. She reinforces why humans must never retire from sports, but instead shift from competition to exploration and play. This shift in focus comes with all the mental, physical, social benefits of sport and none of the stress and pressure.

The best tool to be an athlete for life? A bicycle! She makes a strong case for the bike as a great tool to help in the evolution from competitive lifestyle into wellness lifestyle. As a multi-sport elite athlete I found cycling in my mid 30s and immediately gravitated towards the bike as a way to go places and see things. An unexpected gift from cycling I discovered was the vast community of people to tap into for casual rides, competition, family outings, adventure travel and training. Bottom line, the joy, friendship and benefit we got from the bike as kids is still there for us now as adults, so what are you waiting for? Let’s go ride bikes!

Michele Smith

Analyst, ESPN
NCAA All-American at Oklahoma State University
Member of three-time U.S. National Team World Championship team
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with U.S. Team: 1996, 2000
Elected to NJSIAA Hall of Fame, 2000

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One of the things that has brought me a lot of joy over the years is riding my bike. I’ve always been an outdoors-type person- at all points in my bike gets me outside and now as a retired professional and Olympic athlete…I’m back into my training athlete mindset where I can just click in and ride for miles. Some of my rides are over 60 miles long. I love the way the breeze gently blows on my face, my arms… it sets me free! What I love about the bike-- is the community that it creates.

I love meeting new friends and building relationships. It is very similar to my years in softball in creating new moments or milestones that I am training for- like triathlons or other long century charity rides. I have been lucky that I have been able to stay so ingrained in the softball culture after my time as a competitive athlete moving into the role of analyst for ESPN. Riding my bike has been a great way for me not only to stay in shape and has definitely helped with my mental health.

Rides when my mind just relaxes and the stress of the world disappears as the gentle breezes flow around my body and engulf me as I ride. In this book, Always An Athlete, Jenne makes the call for greater community and resources for athletes as they transition out of competitive sport. She uniquely does not only want to start the conversation— she wants to tie it in with action and support. Community wide bike rides alongside our sport culture at stadiums... How fun?! I'm in and hope you are as well!

Dr Jen Welter

First Female Coach in NFL
Sport Psychologist
PHD Sports Psychology Author and Motivational Speaker

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Jenné felt her own environment and support system change and struggled after retiring— and with a simple bike ride she identified that there was more - not only for her life but for all athletes in sport. We talk about being ready with personal work ethic and hustle when the lights and cameras turn on- but what happens when they turn off?

This book outlines the long climb that athletes face at every level of their journey. It identifies that there are real struggles that come after the game ends - no matter what level athletes achieve. More people need to be talking about mental health in sports. During and after. More people need to discuss the real challenges that athletes face when they are no longer in an environment that fosters community and belonging. Let’s not only talk about this problem but create solutions and systems to support athletes…like a fun bike ride!

Kathryn Bertine

Author Activist Filmmaker
CEO Homestretch Foundation
Former professional cyclist, former professional figure skater and professional triathlete.

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The bicycle is a wonderful tool for building community. When you plug into the cycling community, you will find yourself surrounded by like minded people who—like you—are excited to move their body and make new friends. A community bike ride is a wonderful event to kickstart this important conversation around athletes transitioning out of sport into the next phase of their life.

Riding your bike helps you build new relationships and make lifelong friends. Relationships and community are essential for mental health, and a bike ride is a great bridge to creating a sense of belonging…similar to what an athlete may have felt when they were competing in team sport environments. Riding a bike helps your brain and your mental wellbeing. It takes us outside of our normal schedule, gets us outside and helps us gain perspective.

Cycling helps us get into a routine and create new rhythms to keep our physical health a priority. The bike provides us balance and consistency as life changes. Jenne is excited to see people come together around community bike rides and I am thrilled she is bringing this idea and message to the larger sports community. No matter what type of athlete you are, I encourage you to get out and ride!

“Above all, cycling is fun. It can be a great way to get outside, spend time with friends or even one’s regular teammates on another sports team”
Bill Walton, UCLA and NBA Basketball Legend

“Everybody always does a golf outing, but you can only get so many people involved in that because not everybody plays. And I wanted everybody to be able to participate. And what does everybody know how to do? Ride a bicycle! It’s fun and it’s good exercise. A lot of times when people are riding a bike, they don’t even realize that they’re exercising. So doing that was a no-brainer to me.”

Bo Jackson,
NFL Pro Bowler, MLB Allstar