They Ride for Warriors


A group of seniors from the Groves RV Resort in south Fort Myers recently wrapped up their 8th season of Poker Bike Rides to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. On March 24th, 52 riders whose ages ranged from the 60’s to the 80’s, climbed onto their bicycles to raise funds for WWP. The rides begin in November each season. Entry is just $10, with half of that going to WWP. Each ride is 10 miles long with five stops, where riders draw a poker card. At the last stop the winning hand is announced. Another 22 non-riders participated, bringing the total raised to $545 for the March ride.

8th season of Poker Bike Rides, Wounded Warrior ProjectThis season’s total donation to WWP was $2,178, pushing their 6-year total to over $10,000. The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound related to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. For more information or to donate directly see

Open to anyone over 21 who wants to participate in the Poker Bike Rides, riders don safety yellow shirts and are easily recognized on local bike paths each month, with drivers honking in support along the way. The rides are usually held the third Friday of each month, November-March. Next season’s first ride is planned for November 17th. Put it on your calendar now and watch for details in the Island Sand Paper.


Missy Layfield

Photos provided.