Matt Stoltz, a 22-year-old, Wisconsin Rapids native has traveled 11,400 miles across the country on his bicycle to raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and Biking for Baseball.
Matt began his journey on April 6, in Seattle, Washington. Since that point in time, he has spent more than 100 nights on the road staying in the homes of hosts and hotels. He said his biggest inspiration that keeps his pedals going is hearing people's stories and knowing he's inspired others to become a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
"A lot of people from all over the country have really reached out to make a difference and that's wonderful. I've also had a lot of people tell me, just complete strangers who heard about my story and told me that they signed up to become a mentor and got involved. That's incredible cause there's really no financial value that you can put on changing the life of a kid, getting a kid to have that mentor and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great organization that pairs willing adults with a young kid who needs a mentor in their life," said Stoltz.
Stoltz adds that you don't have to be a superhero to mentor a kid. Whether you play a board game, play catch, or just hang out after school with your little, a mentor can make a huge difference in a child's life.
He joked that starting at a young age, he's always had a passion for baseball but never thought in his wildest dreams he would travel to all of the MLB stadiums on bicycle.
"Definitely checking off all 30 baseball parks was on the bucket list. Did I expect to bike to all of them? Probably not. But once I heard that it was actually possible to do, kind of figured out how the schedule works, and you have to work with all the teams when they're home and away and figure out a route that works best. Once that all came into place I just went with it and made it happen," expressed Stoltz.
He is the youngest rider to complete a trip like this through Biking for Baseball. By the time he finishes his trip he will have traveled close to 12,000 miles and pushed through almost 3 million pedal strokes.
To date, Matt Stoltz has traveled to 28 Major League Baseball Stadiums and attended games at every ballpark. In addition, he has raised nearly $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee.
Up next, he will travel to Chicago for a Cubs game and then finish his journey in Milwaukee at a Brewers Game.
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