COVINGTON -- Nine years after his death Chase Cain is still inspiring Newton Countians to live their lives to the fullest and to help others. It is in that spirit that the ninth annual Chase Cain Memorial Foundation Bike Ride will be held Saturday as a fundraiser for the foundation.
"The ride covers all of Newton County, just as we cover all of Newton County in scholarships every year to high school students," said event organizer Austin Aldridge. "We give scholarships to all three high schools as well as a private school and home school. It's full county participation."
The police-escorted ride leaves Sharp Gymnasium, across from Covington YMCA on Newton Drive, at 10 a.m. and will cover a 55-mile course. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The fees are $20 per bike and additional riders are asked to make a donation. Breakfast will be provided and a raffle will follow the ride.
Aldridge emphasized that all proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund.
"There are no administrative costs. We're all doing this for the hope of what Newton County can become," he said.
Cain's life was cut short when he was killed in an automobile crash only a few months after the graduated from Eastside High School. He was a volunteer with the Covington YMCA and well-loved and active member of his church.
"Chase made a lasting impression on his classmates. At one time, 50 percent of our student ministry originated with Chase Cain because he invited people to church," Aldridge said. "And it wasn't just organizations of faith. He played soccer and always had a team spirit and a spirit of life."
Aldridge said former Chase Cain Scholarship recipient Kristen Goff is now a teacher at South Salem Elementary School.
"Our vision is to pour back into the community and that's what she is doing," Alridge said, adding that other community leaders like Champ Young, head soccer coach at Eastside, Jeff Cher, principal at Eastside, Chase's father Eddie Cain who is now on the Board of Directors for the YMCA, were all touched by Chase's life.
"For someone to be gone that long and his influence is still everywhere ... I really believe it is because of the life Chase lived ... to live life to the fullest and not for self, but for community and others," Aldridge said.
He said he would urge all who can to come out and participate in the ride. He promised a good time and an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community.