Motorcycle enthusiasts take to the road for Friends of NRA
Last summer, Friends of NRA volunteers in Arkansas combined their love for the NRA with riding to come up with a unique way to raise funds for the shooting sports. The result was the Friends of NRA Freedom Ride, which involved local motorcycle groups and was a big success. Read about it below in an article featured in the latest issue of Traditions Magazine.
Freedom can have various meanings around the world and when groups of people disagree on an important issue, the evitable struggle will ensue. In America, the battle for freedom has spanned throughout our history, from the patriots at Concord and Lexington to Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.
Little Rock, Ark., the largest city in the state, is home to the Capital City Friends of NRA committee. For over a decade, the committee has hosted events and is always striving to reach new people in the community.
In search of a new and exciting way to raise funds for shooting sports, a group of like-minded and enthusiastic motorcyclists came together during their time volun- teering with the Capital City Friends of NRA. Sharing their love of the open road and their motorcycle riding pasttime, the group presented its idea of a “Freedom Ride” to NRA Field Representative of Arkansas, Greg Stephens.
The Friends of NRA Freedom Ride would operate as a “motorcycle poker run” on a course that roamed for 105 miles through the beautiful rolling hills and winding rural highways of scenic central Arkansas. A playing card station at each stop allowed bikers to build a hand that awarded a discount for food or drink and activities later on.
The ride would conclude at the Defensive Tactics Institute (DTI) firing range in a neighboring city outside of Little Rock. Once the rider finished the Freedom Ride at DTI, they would be exposed to an assortment of activities involving a Wall of Guns, t-shirt sales, musical entertain- ment, a spread of delicious elk burgers and BBQ, and an exciting shooting opportunity at the range where riders could improve their poker hand.
You can finish reading about the Freedom Ride and all the other articles from past issues of Traditions Magazine right here.