Former Drug Addict and BMX Racer Warns Children of Drug Addiction
Tony Hoffman has gone down many roads in his life. One lead him to become a professional BMX racer, while the other lead him to a world of drug addiction. He hit rock bottom when he had to walk the streets at night as a homeless man with only a needle and a sleeping bag to his name. His parents would not even let him back in his home, forcing him to sleep outside of his home in his sleeping bag.
He then decided to change his life and became clean. Once he was sober, he realized he wanted to help children avoid the life of drug addiction that he lived. So he formed a foundation called the Freewheel Project. The Freewheel Project is a summer camp that teaches kids about BMX, responsibility and good behavior.
Hoffman states that he wants kids to learn how to be a leader and a good citizen. He wants them to learn to do the right thing in any given situation, whether it be returning money found or dealing with a confrontation. At the end of the camp, children are given a paycheck and are allowed to purchase a new BMX bike. Many parents of the children involved in the program have noticed big positive differences in their children’s behavior.