More things seem possible when Cris Rothfuss is in the room. She is smart, as most who are successful in life are, but there is more. There is a personal warmth, an empathy and vulnerability right there in her eyes, in her facial expressions, that draws people in, that let’s them know she cares.
She is Executive Director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and winner of one of the university’s 2016 Hero Awards, specifically for her ability to forge partnerships in diverse groups.
We are proud to call her a friend and a Seven rider and were honored to be asked to sponsor her latest project, The Real Ride, which aims to raise money and awareness for off-track high school students. Slated to begin in Seattle, Washington in the summer of 2017, The REAL Ride is a 3-month, 5,000 mile, off-road cycling event ending in Boston.
We know that the bike can be much more than transport, that riding has the power to change us, make us better in myriad ways. Rothfuss, as a passionate cyclist, knows too, and The Real Ride is an attempt to harness the bike’s power to change for a cause she believes in ardently.
Providing a good education to all of our country’s students isn’t just about education policy and budgeting. It’s also about catching students who wander from school’s path and bringing them back into a dynamic learning environment that works for them, and that’s what The Real Ride is about.
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