It’s been a big weekend for the Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay. Gay was named ambassador for the Kids, Cops and Computers program on Friday and he donated 22 laptops to the program. Then Gay followed it up with a fun event for his fans on a perfect Saturday in Toronto. Rudy was one of the first Toronto athletes to host a bike ride and ride his with fans along the path at Lake Shore and Ontario Place.
Gay invited his followers on social media a few days prior for a bike ride along Toronto’s Waterfront and brought special guests DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray, Quincy Acy, Dwight Buycks and Chris Wright. Hundreds of fans came out to enjoy this special opportunity. Canadian Tire donated the bikes the Raptors players rode.
As the Raptors players arrived they were greeted by their fans. Johnson said that it was great to see his teammates contributing their time and effort to give back to the city.
“I am happy that Rudy is organizing this bike event and being able to interact with the fans before the start of our Raptors’ season,” Johnson said.
It was quite interesting to see the 7-footer Aaron Gray trying on his bike. His massive long legs were touching the ground no matter how much he bent his knees. Gray talked about the odds of him surviving the bike route.
“Well, I don’t know, but this bike should be ok,” Gray said while examining his bike carefully.
Gay suggested Gray was the most at risk of falling off his bike during the ride. Bike riding was an activity Gay hadn’t done for a while, but he got the idea for this event when he picked up the activity again since coming to Toronto.
“Well I was riding my bike around the city of Toronto and I enjoyed this city and I thought it would be a great idea to ride the bike together with the fans,” Gay said.
It was a perfect weather for a bike ride, sunny with good breeze. After the ride, Gay treated the fans to popsicles and ice cream sponsored by Nestle and the Raptors signed autographs and took photos with the fans. It was a great event to get everyone hyped up and ready for the upcoming season!