The Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride starts at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 and offers cyclists a 40 km, 60 km or 100 km route.

Sponsorships are available now at varying levels and this year's grant recipients will be High Point LEAP, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont and High Point Swim Club.

High Point LEAP strives to empower children from early literacy through 12th grade who are living in poverty to succeed academically while developing skills to become 21st Century Leaders and to strengthen their families through literacy programs and educational resources. The grant from the Bobby Labonte Foundation will be used to fund their Boys2Men program, which focuses on academics, mentoring and leadership development for at-risk boys to help them avoid juvenile crime and gang participation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The grant money the organization will receive will be used to helped match eighth-grade students with a mentor, help them transition into high school and follow them into post-graduation.

High Point Swim Club specializes in competitive and instructional swimming. The organization strives to meet all the aquatic needs of High Point and its surrounding communities and has produced swimmers that have gone on to swim in college and the Olympic Trials. The Charity Bike Ride grant will help fund the Swim4Fun free swim lesson program for third graders in Guilford County schools and allow the High Point Swim Club to expand the program to new schools.

This year, events also include the return of "The Bicycle: Art Meets Form" gallery exhibit at Theatre Art Galleries in High Point on Sept. 5. A VIP ride and luncheon will be hosted by Labonte the morning of Sept. 6, followed by an evening silent auction and cocktail party.

All of the proceeds from these events and silent auction will fund grants for the chosen nonprofits.

For information, visit bobbylabontefoundation.org.

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