10-Time US Champion Cyclist, Rahsaan Bahati is the founder of the Bahati Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California and this year represents our 10th year of empowering inner-city youth on and off the bike.
A Human Approach
Growing up in Compton, California Rahsaan was exposed to the gangs, drugs, and crime that proliferated his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood and he had to make hard choices at a young age. He could have easily fallen into the circumstances of his surroundings without the support of two loving parents, Rashid and Nassoma along with the fateful combination of a teacher, an eraser, and a classmate that would change his life forever. Through all of his accomplishments, Rahsaan never lost sight of how fortunate he was to have people support and foster his abilities. The Bahati Foundation has been a dream of his for many years and now he has the opportunity to help shape kid's lives the way his was shaped. It is an opportunity to show kids in underserved communities that they don’t have to be relegated to a life of crime, gangs, and drugs; they have the ability to accomplish their dreams. And now we are united as an organization behind Rahsaan’s dream. We are more than a foundation. We are more than a cycling team. We are more than the sum of our parts... We are at the crossroads and we can make a difference.
BAHATI - 10
Transportation in Los Angeles is changing, and trips made by bicycle are growing. For the health of our planet and our communities, they must continue to do so. As an organization dedicated to the aspect of getting youth involved in cycling, we see collective participation in this new mobility paradigm. We seek to change the world right here on the streets of Los Angeles.
Join us as we celebrate our 10 years throughout this year with various events and activities. Watch for announcements about upcoming Bahati -10 events. See our historic video presentation Youtube video from the early years of our foundation.