MMP Rides in the 2018 Rodman Ride for Kids - Meet the team: C.T. Ransdell
For over ten years, Mass Mentoring Partnership has joined the Rodman Ride for Kids - a day-long, non-competitive cycling tour - to help raise funds to support our mission to expand access to empowering relationships and connect these youth to caring adults across the state. This year marks the 28th annual Ride, which will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. We asked Team MMP rider and MMP Director of Development, C.T. Ransdell, to share why he is riding this year (for the 5th time!). Read more below:
C.T. Randsell, Director of Development, Mass Mentoring Partnership
Why did you decide to ride in the 2018 Rodman Ride for Kids?
I am doing this because I have benefited from many adults throughout my life who carried out day-to-day actions within those relationships that contributed to my development. I will be riding a century ride (100 miles) to support the good that happens when young people have meaningful mentoring relationships in their lives.
Who are some of the mentors in your life that have impacted you?
Adults have the power to help young people discover who they are, to develop skills, and to engage them in their communities. There was my running coach Tom who made me respect the discipline required in sport; my Godmother Joell who was also a tutor, an etiquette coach, and provided me room and board in my last years of college; my boss, Mary, who was a “street fighter” and taught me a lot about showing up and putting in hard work; and my father who worked at a power plant bright and early and was home by supper to do his MBA class work while my brothers and I finished our school work at the dinner table. Because of these positive supports throughout my life, I volunteer at Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay as a mentor. I hope that in my relationship with my Little, I play a small yet impactful role in his life; the same way his teachers, parents, coaches, and more do. It takes a village.
Have you participated in the Rodman Ride before?
This will be the fifth time I participate in the 100 miles in the Rodman Ride. I’ve participated in other long distance endurance events to support personally meaningful charitable endeavors, but nothing resonates with me quite like the work of expanding mentoring relationships. So, exerting myself to the fullest within my individual limits: that’s the essence of cycling long distance, and a metaphor for life—and for me.
I hope anyone who’s reading this will feel inspired to take action in 1 (or all!) of these 4 ways: