Derek Goode Sr.set out to teach his son a lesson and in doing so touched hundreds of children’s lives over the years.
As his son, DJ, was growing up in elementary and middle school he began showing an interest in motocross, and Goode decided to build a track at his house on Shady Grove Road in Kings Mountain to give him a place to practice. But he wanted to make sure that his son understood that others did not have the same privilege they did so Goode began to open his house to his son’s friends and local children that might not have the same opportunities.
“He would come to me sometimes and say his friend couldn’t afford new shoes or something for school. We would help out. I wanted him to understand there is a need for people to help and that at the end of the day giving back to the community is a real blessing,” Goode said.
Derek’s Dare to Dream event was born. The father and son worked to bring in sponsors and other community leaders to the event over the past eight years.
The event now brings up to 200 kids to the Goode family race track at the end of summer. Children who come receive a book bag and school supplies for the upcoming year.
To put this event together, Goode relies on the kindness of people in the community to make everything happen.
“Ive invested all of me. Some years I pay for it all out of my own pocket. That could be as much as $7,000 to $13,000,” Goode said.
Goode also hopes the kids who participate walk away with bigger goals and thoughts.
“We want to inspire kids to dream big. This event allows them to meet people from different walks of life and just talk with them,” Goode said.
Along with motocross riders, several first responders, lawyers, teachers and people from different lines of work will be there, he said.
On Friday, Goode and his now 22-year-old son put together the last bits for the event Saturday, hoping the weather would hold out for them.
“Without him there would be no event,” Goode said. “If we touch just one kid’s life then it is all worth it. We just want to show these kids some love.”
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