Kam’s Ride 4 Autism com­ing soon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

Kam Humphreys may have autism, but the 10-year-old is still liv­ing his best life by rid­ing his RZR 170, spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, and help­ing to raise money for the Autism Speaks or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Now, with the sec­ond an­nual Kam’s Ride 4 Autism event com­ing up, lo­cals are in­vited to join in on the fun while also rais­ing money for kids just like him.

Whether in­ter­ested in a con­cert, rid­ing the trails, or sim­ply in­creas­ing autism aware­ness, lo­cals can stop by Top Trails550 Welch Ave, Tal­ladega, Alabama- from March 23 from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m.

The venue will do­nate $1 to Autism Speaks in Kam’s name for ev­ery park at­tendee over the event week­end, how­ever, and mem­bers of Team Kam will be there Thurs­day through Sun­day.

“We didn’t put a goal last year be­cause it was the first one, but it was over­whelm­ing,” mother Nikki Humphreys said. “We didn’t re­al­ize how much peo­ple wanted to give back, and we ended up rais­ing $5,100. This is the one time of the year he (Kam) can be him­self. No one ex­pects him to be ‘nor­mal.’ He knows the money will be used to help kids like him, and he loves it.”

The park is charg­ing $15 per per­son for Satur­day ad­mis­sion plus a $5 ma­chine fee per day. Those 11 and un­der can get in for $10; those 5 and un­der get in free all week­end. Pa­trons are free to use the park as they wish, but the spe­cial Satur­day events kick off early with all-day Poker Runs. Then, at 1 p.m., timed mud bog tri­als will start- an event held for the first time at the 2018 Kam’s Ride. Who­ever gets their ma­chine through the mud fastest is the win­ner, and tow ve­hi­cles are present in case any­one gets stuck.

A meet and greet with Kam — who lives in the Braswell com­mu­nity — is be­ing held at 5:30 p.m. at the con­cert area, and Team Kam will also be sell­ing stick­ers at the venue’s wel­come cen­ter to raise ad­di­tional funds for Autism Speaks- though pa­trons can get them early by con­tact­ing the group at https:// www.face­book.com/TeamKam-716583618424514/. A 6 p.m. raf­fle draw­ing will give vis­i­tors the chance to win items from com­pa­nies such as Speed­zone, Su­per ATV, Garage Prod­ucts, and many more. Raf­fle prize do­na­tions are still be­ing ac­cepted, and those in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing can con­tact Team Kam on Face­book.

Band HWY 77 will put on a live show of clas­sic rock fa­vorites from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and more at 7 p.m. The group per­forms reg­u­larly at the venue and is slated to play un­til at least 10 p.m.

This year, Team Kam is hop­ing to raise at least $10,000, but whether or not they reach that goal, the event re­mains as a pos­i­tive way of rais­ing autism aware­ness. More in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion can be found at https://www. autism­s­peaks.org/. More in­for­ma­tion about Top Trails and Kam’s Ride can be found at https://www.top­trails.net/ event/kams-ride-for-autism/.

The event owes ad­di­tional thanks to spon­sors Speed­zone Mo­tor­sports, Mudd Tex Crew, and many more.

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Kam Humphreys and his fam­ily are or­ga­niz­ing an event in Tal­ladega to help raise money for autism.

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Kam Humphreys is geared up and ready to ride on March 23 for the sec­ond an­nual Kam’s Ride 4 Autism.

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