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Ride for Respect – Youth and Family Ride to End Bullying, Racism and Hate

Saturday, October 24

Signal Mountain, TN – WEBWIRE

The Quinntessential Event Company of Chattanooga and Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. (UGLY is an acronym for Unique Gifted Loveable You.,) a 501c3 national nonprofit organization are joining forces to create Ride for Respect.  Hey U.G.L.Y. was founded in 2002 with a mission to empower youth with self-esteem building tools, which help them counter challenges such as bullying, racism, substance abuse and suicide.

Ride for Respect will feature Ryan Van Duzer as Master of Ceremonies.  Ryan is a Colorado based filmmaker, video journalist, television host and motivational speaker who has hosted content for Travel Channel, National Geographic, Men’s Journal, CurrentTV, Lonely Planet, Viator, Backpacker Magazine and Skiing Magazine. He is also a featured writer on and a bicycle advocate (no car) who has ridden from Honduras to Boulder, across the U.S. twice and down both the East and West coasts. 

Ride for Respect will involve youth across the country and abroad, along with friends and family, to ride—a bike, scooter, big wheel, unicycle, etc. in an effort to show the nation they are taking a stand-- to be part of the solution to end bullying, racism and hate.  October is National Bully Prevention Month, and Ride for Respect will take place on Saturday, October 24.  Riders can ride what they want, where they want, how far they want and share their experience on our event page.  This ride will also be a fundraiser for Hey U.G.L.Y., as they begin expansion with a local chapter opening in Chattanooga, TN.

“Hey U.G.L.Y.’s pledge against bullying was written by 20 students in our first Stop Bullying student-led Task Force,” said Betty Hoeffner, the nonprofit’s co-founder and president. "The pledge reads:  ’I promise to stop bullying and respect others feelings.’ Respect for others AND ourselves is a huge component in our efforts to rid schools, homes and playground from bullying. That is why this Ride for Respect to rid bullying is so important. Besides driving home the point of the importance of stopping bullying, it is also really cool, fun and aerobic.”

Ride for Respect is seeking corporate sponsorship so riders can receive an official event tee-shirt and assist with marketing this event around the country.   For more information, contact Mindy Quinn at 719-357-8120,  or visit


Hey U.G.L.Y., which stands for Unique Gifted Lovable You, is an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering youth to be their true selves and part of the solution to bullying, racism, youth suicide and substance abuse. Utilizing peer-to-peer learning Hey U.G.L.Y. helps students, schools and youth-serving organizations co-create an environment of respect, acceptance and inclusion. Since 2002 Hey U.G.L.Y. has helped millions of students through their website, Choose to Change radio show, contests, curriculum and interactive assembly presentations. The website has been saving the lives of bullied youth who are suicidal. Hey U.G.L.Y.’s world class speakers give students the tools they need to squish out that negative voice in their head that tells them they are not good enough. 


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