Yes, odd post title/combination of folks, but totally true.
I may have soured on Caron Butler as a basketball player as a result of the 2009-10 season (if you want to know why, here are some links), and that could ever so slightly reflect on perceptions of his personality.
But none of that skews from the fact that Butler is a good guy, a stand up person who’s never forgotten to represent where he’s from, whether it be his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin or his adopted hometown of Washington, DC. He concocted “DC, stand up!”, and just because he plays for a different team now, it doesn’t mean the phrase should be retired.
Caron was always glad to be apart of and give back to his community. In particular, he’s a big advocate of bicycle riding, including holding Bike Brigades in the Summer and giveaways at Christmas … and it’s all for the kids. He’s the Santa Claus of bikes.
But let’s not digress too far from the title of this post. Next Monday, June 7th, starting at 9:30 am, Caron will be back in the District of Columbia to promote cycling and bike advocacy by riding with the Crown Prince of Denmark (Frederick Andre Henrik) and a couple Members of Congress (Representative James Oberstar, D-MN and Representative Thomas Petri, R-WI).
The crew will ride from near the Capitol, to Freedom Plaza near the White House, around the National Mall, and back again. Still unclear why the Crown Prince of Denmark is involved, but it is what it is.
Here’s some language from the official press release:
Two-time NBA All-Star and former Washington Wizard Caron Butler, forward for the Dallas Mavericks, will join the Crown Prince of Denmark and members of Congress on a special ride around the National Mall before officially announcing a partnership between Caron Butler and the League of American Bicyclists, an organization that represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. Butler founded Caron Butler’s Annual Bike Brigade in 2005, a program which has since given more than 2,500 bikes to kids in Racine, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. The partnership will be a chance to give the Brigade a national platform, and partner with an organization and cycling advocates who share the same goals, and strive to create a more bicycle-friendly America for children who might otherwise never get to enjoy the single pleasure of a bike ride.