Walking up to the designated meeting spot, I felt small. I felt intimidated. And, I was not quite sure what to expect. From a far, we could see their bikes lined up and I knew we had arrived at the right place. When we walked into the meeting, we were asked to sign in at the front by Donk, who stayed by the door the whole meeting acting as security. The meeting was called to order by Duffy, the Rocky Mountain Chapter President. It started with the reading of the B.A.C.A. (@bikersagainstchildabuseintl) mission and closed with the B.A.C.A. creed read by Rascal.
Before attending this meeting, I wouldn’t imagined associating myself with Bikers for the pure fact that they look tough and intimidating, and they’re not the type of person you’d casually meet and become friends with. What I learned is that these guys and gals are tough for a reason. They are willing to do whatever it takes to protect kids from feeling unsafe in the world they live in. While the meeting discussed serious topics, the room was filled with a vibrant energy and lots of laughter.
Before the first order of business, M.S.G. was called to the front because of his neon tennis shoes. The group laughed and joked that his nickname, M.S.G., was an acronym for “My Shoes are Gross”. It became clear that this group was more than a motorcycle club. Yes, they were tough guys and gals, but they were human and this was family. A family that had an important mission to protect abused youth. Each and every one of the men and women in the room was dedicated to this mission and it was clearly a big driver in their lives.
After the meeting, @mariel.polifroni and I had the opportunity to interview Duffy, Slice, and Bard all patched members of B.A.C.A. and learn more about their mission and how they operate. For all three of these men, B.A.C.A. is a huge part of their identity. It isn’t just a weekend ride club or a causal social group. It is a way of life for them. For many patched members, including Bard, it can be an everyday commitment. Whether it is a meet and greet with a child, attending court with a B.A.C.A. kid, or planning for an upcoming fundraiser like the Annual Chili Cook-Off, there is a lot that these members and supporters do to keep their mission alive on a daily basis. Duffy explained that it isn’t for everyone. The members go through a strict screening process and FBI background check, in addition to months of training before they can become a patched member. They take membership very seriously because they have a serious mission to uphold and everything they do can be tied back to their mission statement.
B.A.C.A. is an international organization, and it was truly inspiring to learn how much heart and soul goes into the work they do. This community of bikers has made an impact on so many children across the world. We’d love for you to listen to our conversation with these real life superheroes and hope you feel as empowered and inspired as we do after meeting these guys and gals!
*Please note in order to protect the safety of the B.A.C.A. members and the children they serve, some content could not fully be discussed and no photos of any members were permitted. If you’d like to learn more about B.A.C.A. please visit their website: www.bacaworld.org.