MOUNT WASHINGTON - On Sunday, the Prescott Lee Goodman Bikes With Wings Foundation will kick off its fundraising efforts with a day of special events at Club Fitness in Mount Washington.
The foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Prescott Goodman, the Mount Washington boy who recently lost his life while doing what he loved most: riding his bike.
Prescott’s mother, Chrystal Goodman, who founded the organization with support from throughout the community, said the foundation’s goal is to build an extreme park in Mount Washington.
Currently there are no extreme sports parks in Bullitt County. The nearest is located near Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.
Goodman said that because extreme sports enthusiasts like her son don’t have a place where they can practice their maneuvers they often go to parking lots, neighborhood streets, construction sites, even busy roadways.
Creating a park for these children and young adults, Goodman said, would provide them a safe place to ride their bikes, skateboards and scooters.
And Goodman said it’s about time the city have a place where these athletes can practice their skills.
“We cater to basketball and football and all these other sports, but what about BMX or skateboarding?” she said. “These are sports and we should foster those interests as well.”
Seeing how much her son enjoyed BMX motivated Goodman to push for an extreme sports park in Mount Washington.
“In my 33 years I’ve never found a passion like Prescott had for BMX,” Goodman said. “There are a lot of kids with that same passion and they need a place where they can do what they love.”
Goodman said the foundation would like to see a park that not only caters to extreme sports enthusiasts, but serves as a public space the whole family can enjoy with picnic areas, walking trails and other amenities.
With this weekend’s event at Club Fitness kicking off the foundation’s fundraising efforts, Goodman said she realizes it may take a few years to bring the park to life, but as she said, you have to start somewhere.
The fundraiser begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and will feature a full line up of events for folks of all ages, including a cornhole tournament, a bench press competition, a cake walk, a free-throw contest and an auction.
Club Fitness will be offering its Zumba, Spin and abs classes for a suggested donation of $10. For the kids there will be face painting, an inflatable bouncer, an archery shoot, a dunking booth and more.
There will also be drawings for raffle items, including a bicycle, a flat screen television, a University of Kentucky grill, cornhole boards, a night’s stay at the renowned 21C Hotel in Louisville and more.
Raffle tickets can be purchased anytime until the drawing for $5 apiece.
The foundation already has several fundraisers scheduled for the next couple of months, including an event at Shack in the Back Barbeque in Fairdale on Oct. 8, a golf scramble at Quail Chase Golf Club on Oct. 21 and a Halloween music festival at Billiards Club in Fern Creek on Oct. 26.
“We’re not trying to wipe peoples wallets we just want to host events peple would enjoy anyway,” Goodman said.
Goodman wished to thank Club Fitness for sponsoring the Prescott Lee Goodman Bikes With Wings Fundraiser and to recognize all the individuals and local businesses who are contributing to the foundation’s efforts.
“I just want everyone to know how grateful we are,” she said.
For more information about Sunday’s event call Club Fitness at (502) 538-3476.
To find out more about the foundation, fundraisers and ways you can help, visit bikeswithwings.org or call Goodman at (502) 810-4276.