Thanks to team sowma 
for riding AND VOLUNTEERING to help kids impacted by homelessness

the 2017 Rodman Ride for kids 
The nation's #1 one-day athletic fundraising event supporting at-risk youth 

many thanks to our riders and sponsors!





The 2016 Ride 

Team SOWMA had a spectacular day under sunny blue skies as part of the 26th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids in Foxboro, MA on Saturday, September 24th.

We are so grateful to Team SOWMA and our volunteers who continue to make a difference for our kids!  The 50-mile bikers included our devoted Risk Strategies Team Members Michael Christian and Ed Marshall.  Also cycling 50 miles were Robin and Andrew Daniels and Sarik Goyal.  The 25-mile Risk Strategies SOWMA team included Zoe Hellwig, Carley and Shawn Berry and Valerie Marshall.  Special shoutout to Neal and Russell Opper and SOWMA board member Dennis Harkins, who rode 25 miles for the 9th consecutive year!  Virtual riders included Angela Geso, Robin Gilbert, Jennifer Knowlton-Randall, Kelly Miranda, Cheryl Opper, Sharon Beals and Lauren Hanson. 

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations like SOWMA that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to have every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. The Rodman Ride for Kids will top the funds we raise with a 5% match.

This year SOWMA's goal is to reach $210,000 for our kids and it's not too late to help! Help us reach our goal by donating to Team SOWMA by November 30th!  

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The 2015 Ride 

We had another beautiful day for the 25th Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 26! NECN Evening Anchor Kristy Lee emceed the event. Twenty-seven riders, 3 virtual riders and 13 volunteers joined Team SOWMA to help support School on Wheels students.

Our phenomenal Team SOWMA rode 25, 50, or 100 miles, or conducted virtual rides to raise over $28,326, to support the education of kids impacted by homelessness. We have until  November 30 to reach our Rodman Ride goal!

We are grateful to our riders, who are making a difference for SOWMA's kids: Beth and Katie Abreu; Michael Christian; Mark D'Aiello; Rachel and Joshua Dubin; Leslie Emack; Asa Fanelli; Mary Catherine Finn and Bruce Ring; Michelle, Drew and Michaela Fitzgerald; Kimberley and Amanda Francescon; August Gangi; Sarik Goyal; Dennis Harkins; Jay Hart; Anthony Huynh; Janet LeBlanc; Ed Marshall; Karen and Ryley McNeeley; Neal Opper; Russell Opper; Jonathon Pike; Lori and Christina Prew; and Rufus Ward. Cathy Adler, Joseph Bator and Jenni White participated as virtual riders.
And a big thank you goes to Risk Strategies, who contributed $7,500 to the Rodman Ride in support of SOWMA's kids!
Rodman ride LogoSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kidsan umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride’s mission is to help every kid in our community live as we would want our own kids to live. With the Rodman Ride match, 106% of your gift will support the education of SOWMA’s students.

The 2014 Ride 

Our School on Wheels Birthday Team had beautiful weather for the 24th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids on September 20th in Foxboro, MA. Volunteers and supporters came together under sunny skies to cheer on our riders who rode 25, 50 or 100 miles to help support kids impacted by homelessness in our community. A big shout out goes to our anchor sponsor, Evolution Sports Performance! Click here to view this year's Ride photos.

This year's Ride goal for School on Wheels of Massachusetts is $200,000. The Rodman Ride will top off that goal with a 6% match. With the Rodman match, the SOWMA team can raise $212,000 that will directly benefit our kids. This is an ambitious and challenging goal. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 each to support our kids and their education.

The funds we raise through the Rodman Ride for Kids make our kids' success possible. Charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride event, when 1,500 cyclists participate in a non-competitive cycling tour. The expenses associated with the Ride for Kids are less than 3% of the total revenue, and they are all underwritten. 

RRFK 2014 Collage
the 2014 Ride photos.

The 2013 Ride 

What a day for a bike ride! On Saturday, September 28, we had 19 team members ride a total of 750 miles to raise money and awareness for our students impacted by homelessness.

Our riders, sponsors and supporters helped us raise $111,326!

Ted Myles took off at 7am to ride 100 miles. (Ted also designed our cool team jerseys. Thanks Ted, the jerseys rocked this year.)

Terri Houston, Billy Podolski, Lori Prew, Diane Gangi, Jen Meyers, and Brittany Engle, Patty Bangs and Ashley Hanson from Evolution Sports, our anchor sponsor took off at 9am to ride 50 miles.

At 10:30am, Dennis Harkins, Coleman Clifford, Neal and Russell Opper, Mary Catherine Finn, Bruce Ring, David and Caroline Mudd, Jay Pike and Gladys McNamee rode 25 miles. This completed our team of 19 riders. 

Cathy Adler also had a successful fundraising campaign as a virtual rider.

The weather was perfect, the barbecue was delicious, but the best part was watching all of our riders cross the finish line with a sense of excitement and pride.
Your support makes a difference for our kids!  

View photos from the  2013 Ride


The 2012 Ride

In September 2012, a total of 1,300 riders participated in the Rodman Ride for Kids with over 600 volunteers helping out on the day of the Ride. The School on Wheels of Massachusetts Ride goal was $90,000. We ended up raising $108,000, thanks to our riders and donors!

Hundreds of volunteers cheered the riders on along the course, water stops, and finish line to make sure riders were hydrated, nourished, and felt safe and supported during their ride. Don Rodman generously hosted a delicious barbecue afterwards for all riders and volunteers. The 2012 event raised $10.3 million, an increase of nearly 15% from the previous year for the 46 Ride for Kids benefiting agencies. School on Wheels of Massachusetts has been fortunate to be a part of the Rodman Ride for 6 years. It is our largest, most important fundraiser event of the year.

Read more about the School on Wheels of Massachusetts Rodman Ride for Kids



Thank you for Opening more doors for more kids 

during our 2017 Open the door gala. 

We were honored to present

Jim Blake, ceo of Harborone bank,

with our 2017 champion for our kids award.

the moving tribute to cheryl, and inspiring testimonials

from students, were captured in a VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY.

together with you - we will continue to 

level the playing  field for even more students

impacted by homelessness.  

thanks to our friend and emcee - NECN's brian shactman 

SEE brian's sowma feature HERE! 

November 16, 2017

Showcase Live, Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA


our evening of jazz and dining included a special tribute to:


Cheryl Opper, SOWMA's Founder and Executive Director
Read her daughter Lindsay's heart-warming tribute here.


 Honoring our 2017 "Champion for our Kids"

Jim Blake, CEO, HarborOne Bank

For his loyal generosity in Opening the Door to education and supporting the
children and youth in his community impacted by homelessness.



Our amazing students shared their stories of courage, resilience and triumph

Thanks to our 2017 Gala Emcee

Brian Shactman  
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, NECN 


Lisa Yves
Internationally-renowned jazz vocalist



thank you for this evening of heartwarming inspiration!
we raised more than $135,000 to help more kids realize their potential! 

 Click here for the 2016 Open the Door Photo Gallery!


Rodman Ride for KidsSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity which raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to help every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. 100% of your donation directly benefits SOWMA through the Ride for Kids. When our fundraising goal is reached, we will receive an additional 3% match on all Ride donations.

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Every child deserves a backpack filled with
school supplies needed for school.  

YOU can help ensure they do! 

The 100 Families Challenge is our annual drive that brings together 100 families or individuals, who each raise $100 to support the educational needs of our students.  

Any dollar amount is welcome to help provide new and customized backpacks, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring and college assistance to children and youth experiencing homelessness. 


Every Dollar Donated

 Up to $10,000

From May 1 - June 30th 

Will Be Doubled

$100 becomes $200 

$10,000 becomes $20,000 

This generous gift match is offered by 
Jay & Claudia Weed and Family

Outrunning Homelessness 2018

Kids helping Kids!
Siena hits the trails each year to help schoolmates impacted by homelessness.


Thanks to our Anchor Sponsor


You ran, walked & wagged for our kids! 



More than 500 runners, walkers and volunteers made great strides and raised $60,000 to help children stay on track and in school.


Emcee & award-winning broadcast journalist Brian Schactman readies for the race with SOWMA founder Cheryl Opper



Congratulations TO OUR 2018 WINNERS

Matthew Crawley of Stoughton and Rachel Kublin of Easton



many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers
and "mud rudders" who rallied for our kids! 

shout out to...

DJ Joe Lupica


Photographer Rich Morgan


J.M. Pet Resort and Pet Vet

Thanks to Marty Weiner, Kyle Sousa & Neil Levine
who jumped on the bus to set up and marshall the course.   


top dog winner for sponsor tributes

 "Sir JAMES" Marcus Augustyniak


special thanks to top fundraiser

Wendi Levine - with husband and race marshall team member Neil





If you missed the event you can still help provide customized school supplies, books, tutoring and mentoring to help kids stay on track and in school. 

Donate here! 





Oliver ames high school 

organizers Neal & Russell opper and Marty Weiner

hosted by MUTUAL BANK



Samsonite Shooters
(L-R) Cedric White, Andrew Musler, Nick Corbas, Dan Martin, Jr., Jeremy Colin and SOWMA's Cheryl Opper

Team Mousis 
(L-R) Phil Mousis, Peter Ozuma, Cam Andrews, Bill Larkin, Demetri Mousis  





more than $12,000 was raised in 2017.  Here's that recap:  

More than 120 players formed 24 teams and covered four courts at Oliver Ames High School in Easton during for the 2017 7th annual 4on4 Tournament. 

College players representing WPI, Syracuse, Providence College, Stonehill and Memphis State tipped off with area 
high school teams and local veteran recreational players - some with 40+ years of playing time - in a spectacular display of strong competition.

Shout out to the players, our volunteers and of course our winning sponsors!  

A big THANK YOU to Oliver Ames High School for donating their beautiful gym facilities for 7 consecutive years to make this event possible.  

Kudos to the professional referees, who donate their time to officiate these games. 

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