Our Vision and Mission
By offering support to those seeking training in the trades, the Strongbacks Long Distance Riding Club is dedicated to changing the conversation among young people regarding their future in the industrial world.
The Strongbacks Long Distance Riding Club is synonymous with hope. Our patch represents the love of giving, offering help to all who need it. Strongbacks Riders commit their time to local charities and fulfill fundraising goals for the Strongbacks Scholarship Fund.
A Message From our Founders:
When I ride, I honor my family. As my grandfather said, we’re scooter trash, but we’re hard workers. I want to live in a world where tradespeople are respected and little girls and boys dream of making something with their hands or just serving their fellows, as my family has done. You shouldn’t have to go to college to feel pride in your work.
John F. Whelan:
I was raised by a single mother. I’m lucky to have been raised well enough to look back and see just what a feat it is to be a single parent. She knew the value of community and instilled those values in me at an early age. When I started to learn how to play guitar, I quickly conjured dreams of building them too. To this very day I still tell myself I'll eventually become a luthier. That’s why Strongbacks Inc. is dedicated to offering scholarships for young people so that they can learn a trade in lieu of taking on crippling debt for a degree.