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Chris LoCurto


November 17, 2011

A Bike And A Smile

November 17, 2011 | By | 28 Comments">28 Comments

Yesterday at EntreLeadership Master Series in San Antonio, a large group of us got together and built bikes for 25 kids from Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio.

While it was an amazing team-building exercise for a bunch of us entrepreneurial types, it was more amazing when the kids turned the corner with their faces lit up with the sight of those new bikes. For some of them, this was their first bike. Because of that, had the pleasure of watching three of the ladies helping one boy peddle a bike for the first time in his life.

It’s amazing to think of what these kids don’t have. I talked with Elijah and asked him what he likes best about Boys and Girls Club. He said that he gets to read books. I have a study at home and, if you saw the post the other day, a loaded bookshelf at work. Many of those books I haven’t read yet, but I have good intentions. And here is a boy who probably lives in a home that has few, if any books.

I enjoyed my time with the EntreLeadership attendees working hard to put together a bunch of bikes, but my heart melted to realize how much one small gift blessed the lives of these children. God help me to be even more of a blessing! I can tell you that I walked away completely blessed.

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  • Misty Gilbert

    It is amazing when we give what the results are…on multiple levels. I know I wish I gave more than I do…and I love to give!

    • Chris LoCurto

      You are so right!!!

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    I feel this giving is what makes America blessed and great. God really blesses cheerful givers abundantly.

    • Chris LoCurto

      The amazing thing is I think we all felt more blessed than the kids.

  • ginasmom

    This is just so sweet, and glad you had this opportunity to be blessed. As Louise says we take so much for granted without thinking about it, yet we can make so much of a difference by doing so little (in our own estimation – but will mean a lot to the recipients), i hope this will inspire us all to do something special for others especially as we approach the holidays.

    • Chris LoCurto

      Wow. I didn’t think about it being the holidays. I hope this made it that much more special!

      • ginasmom

        I bet it did, and i bet those kids will remember this for a long time.

  • Anonymous

    It is amazing how much we take for granted. A bike is a “common” thing for most of my children and grandchildren – as is a book – but for some children it is a “miracle”. Maybe even one they prayed would show up. What a blessing all of you were – and this IS a great team-building activity!

    • Chris LoCurto

      It’s amazing how much God loves His children!!

  • Garrison Reekers

    How great it must be to be part of a team that does so much good. Posts like that motivate you to think of something that you can go out do to help others.

    • Chris LoCurto

      That was my hope!

  • Jeremy Carver

    “Learn to ride a bicycle. You’ll not regret it if you live.” – Mark Twain

    Nicely done, Entreleaders. Nicely done.

    • Chris LoCurto

      Amen brother!

  • Eric Speir

    It’s good to hear that people are giving to the communities. We are often reminded of how much we have when we see how very little others have. I know this will impact the lives of these kids for a long time. I also suspect it will impact the leaders who helped with this as well.

    • Chris LoCurto

      You would be amazed at the thoughtful countenance of all the leaders afterwards.

  • chris

    Agree with Jana. Would love to hear what he likes to read and I really, really hope someone gets him to the library if they haven’t already. If he can read to keep learning and dreaming, maybe someday he will be a great leader.

    • Chris LoCurto

      From humble beginnings right?

      • Anonymous

        What could be more special than knowing someone from very humble beginnings, even totally disadvantaged beginnings, break free and thrive.

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  • Jana Botkin

    I want to meet Elijah, hear him tell about his favorite books, and take him to the local library! Maybe someone in San Antonio will do that for that precious little guy.

    • Chris LoCurto

      It really makes you realize what you have, and what you really don’t need.

  • Tom Brichacek

    Now that’s Entreleadership at its finest! I can’t wait to go to the master series. Thanks Chris.

    • Chris LoCurto

      It was pretty amazing!

    • Misty Gilbert

      Tom, You will absolutely love it! I did the one I attended November 2009 in Cancun Mexico. Let me know what your highlight is from it if you get to go.

  • Joel Fortner

    Giving has an amazing healing quality! Thanks for sharing this story, my friend!

    • Chris LoCurto

      Absolutely. I can’t get the boy, Timothy, who rode a bike for the first time out of my head.

      • Joel Fortner

        That’s so awesome. Hey, speaking of reading, I learned of a pretty awesome web site yesterday. In short, it’s a web biz that takes business-related books and produces really nice video summaries, pdfs and more targeted to busy business people like you and others on this blog. Check it out! Don’t think they’ve done Entre yet. =)