|Mecca Roeser & the race car|
The organization was founded because the Roesers decided it was time for African American leaders to give back to the youth and provide them with alternatives to drugs and gangs. The couple feels there is a real need for young people to experience what life is like when positive influences replace the negative pressure so many of them are subjected to these days. [SOURCE]
“It’s very important for the youth of today to know that they can become successful in life and that there are opportunities other than professional sports and music,” said Douglas Roeser. “I do believe that the children are our future, so we need to prepare them so that they will actually have a future, and that’s R4L’s goal.”Through them R4L enlightens elementary-to-high school age students, especially young men and women between the ages of 8 to 18. The R4L program introduces them to the automotive industry as well as to the basic principles of getting into the workforce. R4L hosts weekly programs at different area schools and outreach programs in the Washington DC Area, using its racing experience to make the connection between racing, life, and education. R4L will often bring the team’s race cars to a school as an example of what hard work and education will provide for them. R4L also provides the students with basic codes of conduct needed to give them a better chance in life.
BDPA is honored to have the Roesers and their race car at this year's conference!