Our 2017 Celebrity Rider: Les Borsheim
**UPDATED 9/1 – The 2017 Celebrity for the Forever Family Ride, Darryl Bootland, has been called to Texas to help with the Hurricane Harvey clean up and rescue and can’t get back in time for the ride, so he’s sending us a great friend of his and the Northern Colorado community in Les Borsheim. Les is a pro hockey player from Saskatchewan who played with the Eagles before suffering near-death injuries in a motorcycle crash in 2008. Since then, Les has shown the same strength and determination as many of our RFC children in rising above setbacks with courage and dedication to success. Excited to get back on the road with the wind in his face, Les will be riding with Randy from Unique Rides and is even bringing the 2017 Championship Kelly Cup with him (To the Meet & Greet, not on the Ride)!
Our celebrity ride leader for the 2017 Forever Family ride is none other than Colorado favorite and Canada native Darryl Bootland. “Booter”, as fans well know him, has played right wing for our beloved Colorado Eagles since 2014 and helped to bring home the coveted ECHL Kelly Cup this year! Known for his on-ice antics, massive beard and “eagle” celebration of flapping his arms like the bird on the ice, Bootland has scored over 230 goals in his 15 year career and even played with Colorado rival team the Detroit Red Wings in the early 2000’s.
Bootland is not only passionate about hockey, but about his community. After moving his family to Windsor in 2014, he has worked with youth hockey teams and underprivileged kids to ensure that everyone has a chance to play. “Being out on the ice and part of a team kept me out of trouble in my younger days, I kept the fights to the ice where it counted most. I feel like if I can touch a kid’s heart and make his day, I think that’s amazing. Guys don’t realize it, but we play a big role in some of these kids’ lives and I thrive on it and definitely enjoy it.”
A Harley-Davidson fan to the core, Bootland first learned of and got involved with Realities for Children when he attended the Realities Rally in 2016, but he missed it in 2017 due to an away game that helped to win the Kelly Cup. He looks forward to leading the Forever Family Ride along with former Eagles defender and forward Les Borsheim to help raise funds for children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.