Monday, July 4, 2011

Former Bronc Kara Borel Riding to Help

Kara Borel was a 5-foot-9 forward who had one of the more-consistently solid careers in the history of Rider women's basketball.

Playing from 2003-05 through 2006-07, she averaged between 6.0 and 8.3 points in each of her four seasons, and between 4.8 and 7.2 rebounds. She had assist totals of 71, 77, 81 and 82 in her four seasons.

You might say that she did a little bit of everything.

And, now, she's doing a little bit more.

Borel. an East Stroudsburg, Pa., native who is now 25 years old, has embarked on a 13,500-mile bike ride designed to visit every state capital in the 48 contiguous states over the next six months. She began riding last Monday in Augusta, Maine, and arrived 600 miles later in Albany, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.

Borel, though, isn't just treking around the U.S. for fun or adventure. She's doing it to raise money for charitable causes.

"After losing my godmother and cousin to illnesses, it was kind of something to give people hope," Borel told the Albany Times Union newspaper when she stopped for a day in New York's Albany capital.

She lost those family members in 2009, her godmother to breast cancer and her 24-year old cousin to primary pulmonary hypertension after complications from a lung transplant.

Not long after that she opted to use her athletic abilities to spur action and raise money for charitable causes as she bikes throughout the U.S.

So far, she has raised more than $700 in donations contributed on her website.

Those who would like to contribute can do so through the website at

There, she states the goal of the ride: "(It is) is to inspire and motivate individuals to serve and cause the effect they wish to see within society."

Or, as she told the Times-Union: "The goal really is to inspire people to do at least one act of kindness that will go a long way for people."

Over Borel's four seasons at Rider she accumulated 311 career assists, more than any other member of the program during her time at the school.

Now, though, she's on her way toward delivering even more meaningful assists.

1 comment:

Linda said...

Go Kara!!! You are awesome. We support you on your journey and are praying for you each and everyday.