Lehigh Alum Rides for Bike to the Beach Charity

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh men's lacrosse alum Robby Walsh was featured on the ESPN show 30 for 30 on Apr. 23 for his tremendous work with the Bike to the Beach charity. The piece was done in partnership with the NCAA and Buick. Fans can view the entire three-minute segment on NCAA.com.

Walsh was a defenseman at Lehigh from 2003-06. The 2007 graduate is currently an Algebra and Geometry teacher, and the head lacrosse coach at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Walsh and a group of friends took on a challenge to bike from Washington D.C. to Bethany Beach, Delaware more than 100 miles away. That idea has turned into the Bike to the Beach charity for Autism with Autism Speaks as the primary beneficiary.

"Throughout my tenure in athletics, I always thought it was very important to have an emphasis on community service," said Walsh in the video segment. "Some people look at service as sacrifice, but I never felt that way.

"What I learned at Lehigh definitely propelled me into my career and into the world of coaching as well as teaching," Walsh continued. "When you learn a lot from a program like I did in college, it's natural to want to pass it on."

The first year of the cause (2006) drew around 20 cyclists and raised approximately $2,000 and has since grown to over 500 riders and more than $400,000 raised last year.

2013-06-07



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