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July 7-- From July 16 until July 21, five current residents of the Paul
Anderson Youth Home will bike more than 500 miles to honor the home’s founder, Olympic
legend and “World’s Strongest Man,” Paul Anderson. The group will bike through the Georgia
cities of Savannah, Augusta, Statesboro, St. Simons Island, Vidalia and St. Marys.

payh2018In 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 13th Annual Bike Ride
continues to spread the message of the transformative work the Christian rehabilitation home
has done in the lives of more than 1,200 troubled teens over the last 57 years, as well as the
preventative resources it provides to parents and families.

“This is much more than a Bike Ride. It’s a celebration of everything the boys have
accomplished during their time at the Paul Anderson Youth Home,” said Fritz Olnhausen,
Treasurer of the Paul Anderson Youth Home Board of Trustees and parent of a PAYH alumni.
“The boys we serve often come to us without hope, not believing in the possibility of a
successful future. Biking 500 plus miles is their chance to demonstrate how far they’ve come
physically, mentally and spiritually – and to prove to themselves that with hard work, they can do

Supporters can contribute to the Paul Anderson Bike Ride by sponsoring one of the five young
men participating. This year’s goal is to raise $180,000, which will allow the Paul Anderson
Youth Home to effectively carry out their mission of helping troubled youth. The Bike Ride is one
of three annual fundraising events for the not-for-profit Christian organization. Supporters can
hear each boy’s story and donate at .

“Our hope is always that the boys who spend time at the Paul Anderson Youth Home leave us
with a renewed sense of purpose, self-discipline and determination to truly change their lives for
the better,” said Olnhausen, an avid cyclist who is also biking the 500 plus miles this year. “The
bike ride is the culmination of months of training and finishing the ride will serve as a constant
reminder to these young men that working towards a positive goal is worthwhile.”

Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Weightlifter Paul Anderson wowed audiences with
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
his 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, and speaking engagements have been planned at various locations. 

Follow the journey, meet the boys participating in the Bike Ride and learn about sponsoring a rider at or on Facebook (Paul Anderson Ministries) or Instagram

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