Duke basketball player Brennan Besser, a walk-on for the Blue Devils, is set to hit the road on his bike for an awesome cause. In a story by ESPN, it was announced that Besser will be biking for 70 days from Seattle to New York City for his “Walk On! America” campaign that is to raise money for charity. The money will go to charities that help the intellectual and developmental disability community.
Besser’s 23-year-old sister is nonverbal, which inspired him to begin the campaign which he hopes will raise close to $1 million.
From the ESPN report:
“Basketball, even though it’s a game that we all love, serves, really, as a vessel for the leadership coaching that [coach Mike Krzyzewski] teaches us,” Besser said Thursday. “The bike, I know that this is exciting … but it’s really just a vessel for the broader message.”
Besser’s roughly 70-day journey — called “Walk On! America” — starts May 16 and will wind more than 3,400 miles across the United States. At most stops along the way, he hopes to hold basketball clinics or other events with the goal of generating $1 million to support charities that help the intellectual and developmental disability community.
Besser may only be a walk-on for one of the top programs in the country, but his impact is undeniable.
“Nothing he does surprises me, because almost everything he does is not about him,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It’s about his talents, his emotion and his effort to help others. This is a terrific thing that he’s doing this summer and he’ll accomplish so much for so many people.”
Besser will be joined by a group of three to five people.
“I’ve always wanted to do something that would help this community, only because of the close connection that I have,” he said. “I’m also a political science major, so I’m a bit of an American patriot. [To] merge them into one is something I’ve wanted to do. … The time is now. … We’re going to push strong to try to accomplish this.”
Best of luck to Besser on his journey.