Auburn Native Bikes 500 miles to Overcome Addiction

From July 15 until July 20, five current residents of the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) will bike more than 500 miles to honor the home’s founder, Olympic legend and “World’s Strongest Man,” Paul Anderson.

The group will begin the ride in Flagler Beach, Florida, and will continue north through Ponte Vedra before crossing into Georgia. Once in Georgia, the ride will include stops in St. Simons, Savannah, Augusta and Statesboro before ending in Vidalia.

In 1961, Anderson founded the residential home as an alternative to incarceration for young men struggling to find the God-given purpose in their lives. The 14th Annual Bike Ride continues to spread the message of the transformative work the Christian rehabilitation home has done in the lives of countless troubled teens over the last 58 years, as well as the preventative resources it provides to parents and families.

Supporters may contribute to the Paul Anderson Bike Ride by sponsoring one of the five young men participating. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, which will allow the Paul Anderson Youth Home to effectively carry out its mission of helping troubled youth.

The Bike Ride is one of three annual fundraising events for the not-for-profit Christian organization. Supporters can learn more about each boy’s story and donate at

Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Weightlifter Paul Anderson wowed audiences in 1961 when he rode his bike from Vidalia, Georgia, to Omaha, Nebraska, to raise money to open the youth home. This feat of strength inspired the annual Bike Ride, and PAYH continues Anderson’s legacy by using physical challenges to instill self-confidence and Christian character into the boys’ everyday lives. The ride uses the same principles to transform the boys’ thinking while celebrating Anderson’s historic gold medal.

Live blogs, stories, and videos by the team will be posted daily at along the way.

Follow the journey on Facebook (Paul Anderson Ministries) or Instagram (@paulandersonyouthhome).

Caden Fair is from Lee County, Alabama. If you’d like to sponsor him in his ride, visit

Courtesy: Collin Smith, SeeSparkGo
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