Wheels Up in Memphis – Beno Udrih’s Green Week Event
Revolutions Memphis opened its doors in 2002 with a dangerously simple mission: to save the world, one bike at a time. Since its inception, the co-op bike shop has refurbished over 3,000 bicycles and provided repair and maintenance skills, reliable transportation or just a two-wheeled way to get around town for local Memphians, young and old.
To tip-off NBA Green Week in Memphis, Grizzlies guard Beno Udrih teamed up with fourth and fifth graders from Westhaven Elementary to learn bike maintenance and safety at Revolutions Memphis.
Revolutions Memphis Bike Maintenance Supervisor Mark Allen taught Udrih and the kids how to locate and repair inner-tube holes, and how to check wheels and seats for safety measures. Udrih was able to help lend a hand – and his 6”3 stature – to his elementary school friends in the repair of a few bikes. After class, Udrih and the kids strapped on their helmets and took a ride through the Cooper Young neighborhood in Midtown Memphis to celebrate their newly acquired skill sets.
“I think it’s important for kids to learn this kind of stuff,’ said Udrih. “When I was younger, my father taught me how to fix flat tires on my bike and it was useful to have that knowledge for when my tires were flat and my father was away at work.”
Revolutions Memphis is dedicated to providing all Memphians—particularly the working poor of Memphis—with bicycles that function well and creating a place where people can acquire the tools and knowledge required to keep bicycles rolling, ultimately making a positive impact on the community one bicyclist at a time.
#NBAGreen Gardens in Memphis – James Johnson & Jon Leuer Green Week Event
“I grew up doing work like this, I’m just ready to get my hands dirty,” said Jon Leuer as he slipped on his NBACares gloves at the tip of another Green Week event in Memphis.
Leuer and Grizzlies forward James Johnson braved the drizzly weather on April 8 for a community clean-up project near the Ed Rice Community Center. The two forwards partnered with Grizzlies’ staff volunteers and members of LifeLine to Success, a faith-based group assisting ex-offenders with goals to be more productive, to plant trees, remove debris and plant gardens in what will now be known as the “LifeLine to Success Community Garden” in nearby Memphis suburb, Frayser.
Johnson and Leuer, no strangers to physical work, were quick to assist in cutting logs and fallen limbs that had become eye sores in the neighborhood. They tilled land, planted trees, flowers and delivered mulch and cinderblocks to build the first raised flower bed in the park. LifeLine to Success received a grant from GrowMemphis to develop the area into a lush, green setting. Seven more raised flowerbeds will be planted before the official ribbon cutting on Friday, April 18.