A Charleston County man is biking his way across the country to raise awareness on the dwindling number of physical education programs in public schools.
Doug Gordon is a man on a mission. He sees two big national issues that he can help fix: (1) children’s health and (2) their academic performance in school. Gordon believes the lives and futures of children can be improved dramatically by putting daily physical education back in the schools.
“In fact, two-thirds of all American children aren’t active to healthy standards,” the 61 year-old Gordon told South Carolina Radio Network from his cell phone during a stop in Gainesville, TX last week.
“School base activities like physical education and recess are being cut,” he said. “As a matter of fact only 48% of schools have physical education.”
Gordon said he decided to do his trek after hearing an alarming statement. “I heard a statistic that this maybe the first generation of kids who do not live as long as their parents. That was horrifying to me,” said Gordon.
Gordon left from the Isle of Palms on February 15 and is headed for San Diego. While he rides his bike, his wife Shari is driving an RV. He plans to be done with his 2,678-mile journey in mid-April.
To learn more about Gordon’s travels, visit www.RideDougRide.org.