CBS Sports features professor's fundraising bike ride

John Shinsky (right) rode 2,000 to raise money for an orphanage in Mexico.
John Shinsky (right) rode 2,000 to raise money for an orphanage in Mexico.
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CBS Sports will feature a story on John Shinsky, associate professor of education, and his fundraiser for an orphanage in Mexico. The eight-minute story will air between 4:15-4:45 p.m., during pre-game coverage of the Final Four Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 3.

 In April 2009, Shinsky rode a bike 2,000 miles, from Michigan to Matamoros, Mexico, to raise money to build an orphanage for abused children. Two of Shinsky’s friends, who played football with him at Michigan State University in the 1970s, rode with him — Joe DeLamielleure, who became an NFL Hall of Famer and Eljay Bowron, who became the head of the Secret Service.

 A television crew from CBS went along on the 18-day journey which helped raise money to complete a 12-building, 33,000-square-foot facility that will provide a home, food, safety, education, and bilingual and vocational training for hundreds of children. 

 “These children are abandoned and physically, sexually and emotionally abused,” said Shinsky, who spent part of his childhood in an orphanage. “I’d vowed early in my life to help orphans because of the great support my foster family provided me after I left the orphanage.” 

 Shinsky began working on “The City of Children of Matamoros Mexico” project four years ago.