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Foundation plans 4th motorcycle ride

COVINGTON - Dozens of area residents are expected Saturday at a motorcycle ride that will raise money for high school graduates.

The 2008 Chase Cain Memorial Foundation Motorcycle Ride starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sharp Learning Center gymnasium, across from the Covington YMCA on Newton Drive in Covington. Registration, which is $20 plus sponsor-level donations, begins at 9 a.m.

This is the fourth year for the event, which was started in memory of Chase Cain, a 2004 graduate of Eastside High School who died in a car accident in late October 2004.

"He was a great kid and empowered other kids," said his dad, Eddie Cain. "Chase made a difference in people's lives; I wasn't aware of a lot of that until he passed. I'm still learning this."

He said Cain worked at the Covington YMCA with the after school and soccer programs and was involved in soccer and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at school.

The ride will help raise money for the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships for Newton County high school graduates and also donates to other student-based organizations, like Future Farmers of America and the Covington YMCA.

Four years ago, a scholarship was only given at Eastside High School. This year, a scholarship will be given at both Eastside and Alcovy high schools. Next year, Cain said it's likely to be given at all three Newton County high schools.

Students who apply for the scholarship have to write an essay about what they've done to make a difference and must already be accepted to a college.

Chase was attending Georgia Perimeter College at the time of his death.

The motorcycle ride is one of several fundraisers the foundation holds every year to raise money for scholarships and donations. Last year, the foundation gave away more than $5,000, Cain said.

"Our mission is to empower young people to make a difference in their school and community," he said.

The ride, which was organized by Eddie's brother, Covington Police Department's Sgt. Chris Cain, will travel about 60 miles through Newton County with a police escort.

After the ride makes its way back to the Sharp gymnasium, the foundation will hold raffles, drawings and giveaways. Items include University of Georgia memorabilia and gift certificates to local restaurants, Eddie said.

The foundation plans to have a volleyball tournament in May and a golf tournament in the fall. More information about the foundation and its events can be found online at www.chasecainfoundation.org.

Donations can be sent to the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation at 130 Tanyard Court, Newborn, GA 30056.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: 2008 Chase Cain Memorial Foundation Motorcycle Ride, featuring a 60-mile ride through Newton County and raffles, drawings and giveaways after the ride

· When: 10 a.m. Saturday (registration at 9 a.m.)

· Where: Starts and ends at Sharp Learning Center gymnasium, across from the Covington YMCA on Newton Drive in Covington

· Cost: $20 to register, plus sponsor levels

· More information: www.chasecainfoundation.org