Annual Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge Impacts Youth for Life

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Paul Anderson Youth Home teenagers and staff begin their 500 mile ride through Georgia on October 2nd.

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Changing lives is the main reason for the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge. This year's participants will always remember what they accomplished during these six days.

The 4th annual Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge is scheduled to begin on October 2nd in Atlanta, pass through Rome, Athens, Savannah, and conclude in Vidalia on October 8th. Each day of the ride, blog posts and videos will be updated on the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge website. Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) staff, current residents, and alumni will be speaking at churches and civic clubs along the way to raise awareness of the ministry's work with youth and families.

Three PAYH alumni riders will be joining for portions of the 2009 Cycling Challenge. "Changing lives is the main reason for the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge. This year's participants will always remember what they accomplished during these six days." said Drew Read, the youth home's Chief Operating Officer.

At fourteen, Andy started abusing drugs and alcohol. After dropping out of two residential programs, Andy went to the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) as an angry seventeen year old. Midway through his 20 months at the PAYH, Andy biked over 500 miles in the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge, this accomplishment helped redefine his life.

Paul Anderson, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, started the Paul Anderson Youth Home in 1961. The PAYH is a Christian alternative to juvenile and adult correctional facilities for young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, the majority of whom are court-ordered. This unique program has proven to be a haven for more than 1,000 adolescents and their families. Forty-eight years of ministry to youth and families has produced a wealth of knowledge and experience from which the PAYH is providing downloadable information on their website, weekly email devotions, and free Parenting Conferences.

As part of the rehabilitation process, the PAYH offers opportunities for young men to participate in events such as the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge. This 500 mile bike ride through Georgia teaches fortitude, discipline, teamwork, and endurance. The young men train for months prior and then set off on a journey they never thought possible. A 2008 alumni rider commented "I learned a life long trait on this ride and that was perseverance. The mountains and hills of life might get tough, but if you have faith in God and surround yourself with others that will encourage you, there will always be victory in the end."

Anyone interested in winning a Trek road bike can register at http://www.payhbikeride.com. While online, meet the 2009 participants on the Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge, sponsor a rider, and follow their progress.

Contacts:
Rebecca Timberlake
Paul Anderson Youth Home
Tel: 912-537-7237

Michelyn Read
Paul Anderson Youth Home                    
Tel: 770-377-1966

http://www.payh.org
http://www.payhbikeride.com

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