The green-and-white clad young cheerleaders at a benefit bicycle ride Wednesday night channeled the spirit of the late Gina Jacobs.
The girls from Oak Hill Elementary School cheered on the bike riders who had gathered in the traffic circle of the Fitness Center at High Point Regional UNC Health Care Hospital. They pedaled off on the second annual Ride to Remember, part of a national set of rides Wednesday to raise awareness about cyclists on roadways.
Jacobs, a community volunteer and avid cyclist, counted among her causes untold hours spent volunteering at Oak Hill.
“She could go and go and go. Her whole mantra was to give,” said Myranda Dorsey, the music teacher at Oak Hill who directed the smiling cheerleaders.
Jacobs, 54, died in a bicycle accident while riding along a rural road in northern Davidson County near Welcome on Feb. 28, 2012. An autopsy determined that Jacobs died due to injuries in the fall from her bike.
The death of Jacobs left a void in many segments of the community. She was active in many volunteer pursuits, though she may have been most recognized publicly for her role at Oak Hill where she served as a volunteer coordinator. Her efforts contributed to helping staff turn around the low-performing High Point school.
“Gina had a wonderful, giving spirit,” said Rodney Simpson, coordinator at the Fitness Center. “This ride is a wonderful way to honor her memory and recognize the lasting impact she had on individuals throughout the community. Last year we had more than 200 cyclists, and we hope this year will be even bigger.”
Ride to Remember, which is held during National Bike Month, takes place to raise awareness about cyclists having a legal right to travel public roadways. On Wednesday night, the High Point riders followed an approximately 4.5-mile loop through the city.
Similar rides happened across the country Wednesday to recognize cyclists who have been injured or killed on public roads.
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