biking for baseball

By: Matt Stoltz

Wellness , Athlete

My sophomore year of high school, my brother went on a medical mission trip to Panama and Costa Rica. While he was there, he saw kids playing baseball with plastic bags and sticks. After hearing about that, I wanted to do something to help. After holding a sports equipment drive for the International Alliance for Youth Sports, I wanted to continue my involvement in college. Since students don’t usually have equipment lying around their dorm rooms, I decided to look for other ways to help. So, I planned a cross-country cycling tour from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to West Palm Beach, Florida, the location of the IAYS headquarters. The route included Chicago, Nashville, and Jacksonville. Including a few wrong turns, the trip was about 1800 miles and included 13 flat tires. Every kid deserves the opportunity to learn, lead, and grow through sports, and I hope to provide them with that opportunity.

  • I am highly motivated to make a difference through my passion of cycling. A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I recently completed an epic 180-day, 11,750-mile journey, which included an estimated 5 million pedal strokes -- the equivalent of pedaling about half way around the globe!


Biking For Baseball 2016

June 20, 2016

The Biking for Baseball team ride of 2016 rolls out of Chicago Illinois on June 12. Heading straight west through Illinois and pushing on into Iowa. The team will continue to chase the sun for 170 miles all the way to Des Moines. From Des Moines the team heads south into Missouri before coasting into Kansas City on June 17th.

5M pedal strokes + 30 flat tires = $12,000 for charity!

Oct. 4, 2015

For the past 6-monts I have been on an epic journey that took me across 11,750 miles to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and bring attention to Biking for Baseball, a Denver non-profit that promotes youth mentoring programs through cycling, baseball and coaching.

I carried all of my own gear, including a tent and a sleeping bag. In the process I lost 45 pounds, travelled across 31 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada and attended 34 baseball games.  Read more about my story here.

A new cycle for nonprofit leadership management

July 2, 2015

After graduating from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in community and nonprofit leadership, I felt it was important that I embark on another biking trip to raise money for Biking for Baseball.

my 2012 bike route

When the media covered my story, they wrote: "1,685-mile trek affirms bicyclist's devotion to cause,"
A young Wisconsin cyclist was in Cedar Lake on Saturday to ask for the good wishes and financial support from those who attended Summerfest. Matt Stoltz, 19, of Wisconsin Rapids, is raising money for the International Alliance for Youth Sports, a West Palm Beach-based organization that donates sports equipment to Third World communities that might not have them otherwise. More...

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why I do what I do

In 2012 I realized I could help provide sports equiptment to kids in need.

Doing something like this takes a lot of training, so I take shorter, ≈100 mile bike ride to train for my cross-country trip:

Why sporting equipment makes a difference in the lives of kids.

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