join team sowma 
to help kids impacted by homelessness

the Rodman Ride for kids 
The nation's #1 one-day athletic fundraising event supporting at-risk youth 

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Foxboro, MA 

ride to support our KIDs:  

The Rodman Ride for KidsRide 25, 50 or 100 scenic miles throughout Southeastern Mass. with 50+ Boston charities committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth.   Click here to register.

Be a "Virtual" Rider:

Not a biker?  That's ok!  Host a SOWMA spinathon at the gym, perform 25 hours of community service - or 25 random acts of kindness.  Rally friends to support your commitment to educate children impacted by homelessness. Click here to register

Become a Sponsor:

Add your name to our Team SOWMA t-shirt and showcase your support for our mission.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

100% of every dollar raised will go directly to our kids. Learn more about this spectacular day of athletic rigor and charitable camaraderie and register with TEAM SOWMA at Rodman Ride for Kids click here!  

Don't miss Beverly Beckham's Boston Globe article about School on Wheels!  Read all about it  HERE! 




The 2016 Ride 

Team SOWMA had a spectacular day under sunny blue skies as part of the 26th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids in Foxboro, MA on Saturday, September 24th.

We are so grateful to Team SOWMA and our volunteers who continue to make a difference for our kids!  The 50-mile bikers included our devoted Risk Strategies Team Members Michael Christian and Ed Marshall.  Also cycling 50 miles were Robin and Andrew Daniels and Sarik Goyal.  The 25-mile Risk Strategies SOWMA team included Zoe Hellwig, Carley and Shawn Berry and Valerie Marshall.  Special shoutout to Neal and Russell Opper and SOWMA board member Dennis Harkins, who rode 25 miles for the 9th consecutive year!  Virtual riders included Angela Geso, Robin Gilbert, Jennifer Knowlton-Randall, Kelly Miranda, Cheryl Opper, Sharon Beals and Lauren Hanson. 

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations like SOWMA that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to have every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. The Rodman Ride for Kids will top the funds we raise with a 5% match.

This year SOWMA's goal is to reach $210,000 for our kids and it's not too late to help! Help us reach our goal by donating to Team SOWMA by November 30th!  

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The 2015 Ride 

We had another beautiful day for the 25th Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 26! NECN Evening Anchor Kristy Lee emceed the event. Twenty-seven riders, 3 virtual riders and 13 volunteers joined Team SOWMA to help support School on Wheels students.

Our phenomenal Team SOWMA rode 25, 50, or 100 miles, or conducted virtual rides to raise over $28,326, to support the education of kids impacted by homelessness. We have until  November 30 to reach our Rodman Ride goal!

We are grateful to our riders, who are making a difference for SOWMA's kids: Beth and Katie Abreu; Michael Christian; Mark D'Aiello; Rachel and Joshua Dubin; Leslie Emack; Asa Fanelli; Mary Catherine Finn and Bruce Ring; Michelle, Drew and Michaela Fitzgerald; Kimberley and Amanda Francescon; August Gangi; Sarik Goyal; Dennis Harkins; Jay Hart; Anthony Huynh; Janet LeBlanc; Ed Marshall; Karen and Ryley McNeeley; Neal Opper; Russell Opper; Jonathon Pike; Lori and Christina Prew; and Rufus Ward. Cathy Adler, Joseph Bator and Jenni White participated as virtual riders.
And a big thank you goes to Risk Strategies, who contributed $7,500 to the Rodman Ride in support of SOWMA's kids!
Rodman ride LogoSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kidsan umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride’s mission is to help every kid in our community live as we would want our own kids to live. With the Rodman Ride match, 106% of your gift will support the education of SOWMA’s students.

The 2014 Ride 

Our School on Wheels Birthday Team had beautiful weather for the 24th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids on September 20th in Foxboro, MA. Volunteers and supporters came together under sunny skies to cheer on our riders who rode 25, 50 or 100 miles to help support kids impacted by homelessness in our community. A big shout out goes to our anchor sponsor, Evolution Sports Performance! Click here to view this year's Ride photos.

This year's Ride goal for School on Wheels of Massachusetts is $200,000. The Rodman Ride will top off that goal with a 6% match. With the Rodman match, the SOWMA team can raise $212,000 that will directly benefit our kids. This is an ambitious and challenging goal. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 each to support our kids and their education.

The funds we raise through the Rodman Ride for Kids make our kids' success possible. Charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride event, when 1,500 cyclists participate in a non-competitive cycling tour. The expenses associated with the Ride for Kids are less than 3% of the total revenue, and they are all underwritten. 

RRFK 2014 Collage
the 2014 Ride photos.

The 2013 Ride 

What a day for a bike ride! On Saturday, September 28, we had 19 team members ride a total of 750 miles to raise money and awareness for our students impacted by homelessness.

Our riders, sponsors and supporters helped us raise $111,326!

Ted Myles took off at 7am to ride 100 miles. (Ted also designed our cool team jerseys. Thanks Ted, the jerseys rocked this year.)

Terri Houston, Billy Podolski, Lori Prew, Diane Gangi, Jen Meyers, and Brittany Engle, Patty Bangs and Ashley Hanson from Evolution Sports, our anchor sponsor took off at 9am to ride 50 miles.

At 10:30am, Dennis Harkins, Coleman Clifford, Neal and Russell Opper, Mary Catherine Finn, Bruce Ring, David and Caroline Mudd, Jay Pike and Gladys McNamee rode 25 miles. This completed our team of 19 riders. 

Cathy Adler also had a successful fundraising campaign as a virtual rider.

The weather was perfect, the barbecue was delicious, but the best part was watching all of our riders cross the finish line with a sense of excitement and pride.
Your support makes a difference for our kids!  

View photos from the  2013 Ride


The 2012 Ride

In September 2012, a total of 1,300 riders participated in the Rodman Ride for Kids with over 600 volunteers helping out on the day of the Ride. The School on Wheels of Massachusetts Ride goal was $90,000. We ended up raising $108,000, thanks to our riders and donors!

Hundreds of volunteers cheered the riders on along the course, water stops, and finish line to make sure riders were hydrated, nourished, and felt safe and supported during their ride. Don Rodman generously hosted a delicious barbecue afterwards for all riders and volunteers. The 2012 event raised $10.3 million, an increase of nearly 15% from the previous year for the 46 Ride for Kids benefiting agencies. School on Wheels of Massachusetts has been fortunate to be a part of the Rodman Ride for 6 years. It is our largest, most important fundraiser event of the year.

Read more about the School on Wheels of Massachusetts Rodman Ride for Kids

The 100 Families Challenge is our annual drive that brings together 100 families (or individuals) who each raise $100 to support the educational needs of students in our communities impacted by homelessness.  

Every Dollar Donated
 Up to $10,000
Will Be Doubled
from May 1 - June 30, 2017

$100 becomes $200 

$10,000 becomes $20,000 for our kids' education!

This generous gift match is offered by 
Jay & Claudia Weed and Family


Thanks to you
...more than $20,000 was raised during
our May/June 2017

100 Families Challenge! 


Donate Here!


From dog walks to family yard sales - to individual contributions - our supporters found creative ways to generate $100 to provide customized backpacks, individual mentoring and college assistance for students impacted by homelessness.  

This Challenge is generously matched each year -  up to $10,000 - by longtime supporters of School on Wheels, Claudia & Jay Weed and Family.   Their personal and financial contributions have changed the lives of hundreds of students throughout Massachusetts who, while living through the upheaval of homelessness, simply need the educational tools, personalized encouragement and academic guidance to succeed.  

A special message from jay and claudia Weed:

"It has been our honor to support School on Wheels for the past thirteen years. Investing in education is the wisest and most fulfilling action we can take.  We have seen first hand how effective the one-on-one tutoring program is as we have marveled over the countless heartwarming success stories. When we donate to School on Wheels we are 100% certain that every cent will be used thoughtfully and effectively to make a beautiful, lasting improvement in the lives of children. It just doesn’t get any better than that."

—Jay and Claudia Weed

or mail a check, payable to:

School On Wheels of Massachusetts 
100 Laurel Street, Suite 121
East Bridgewater, MA 02333



Steve Greene, Chairman of the Board for W.B. Mason, Inc., accepts the 2016 Champion for our Kids award while students quietly line up behind him to give thanks and tell their personal story of how Steve's generosity made their college dreams a reality.


Save the Date!

2017 Open the Door Gala

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Showcase Live
Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA  

Details coming soon! 



2016 Open the Door Gala

Click here for photos!  

We exceeded our goal and raised more than $130,000.00 

Thanks to YOU!   

It's with heartfelt gratitude that I thank those who
made this memorable evening a reminder that together
we can and will continue Opening Doors to education for
children and youth experiencing homelessness
- one child at a time. 

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of our board,
staff,  volunteers and
especially our kids,
we thank you!

Warm regards,

Cheryl Opper

You are the key that opens the door... a child's future 

An evening of tribute, jazz and dining

~ live and silent auction ~

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6 - 10 p.m.

Showcase Live

23 Patriot Place
Foxboro, Massachusetts


  SOWMA's Spectacular Gala Emcee

Brian Shactman, NECN
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist



2016 "Champion for our Kids"
Steve Greene 
Chairman of the Board
W.B. Mason Co., Inc.

Presented for his decade-long loyal and selfless generosity in Opening the Door to education for  thousands 
of children and youth in his community impacted by homelessness.  

Inspired by  


A student whose perseverance and drive led him from homelessness and personal adversity
through the doors of Brockton High School and on to Bridgewater State University's Scholar Program.

Hear his story!



Lisa Yves

Internationally-renowned jazz vocalist sang with aspiring young students for an unforgettable night of entertainment.  Her new song "School on Wheels," written and produced by Lisa, was introduced and performed at the Gala.

With deep gratitude to our anchor sponsor   

 W.B. Mason

    • Your commitment to our students' education opens doors for the hundreds of children we serve each year in our community who are impacted by homelessness.

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Rodman Ride for KidsSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity which raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to help every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. 100% of your donation directly benefits SOWMA through the Ride for Kids. When our fundraising goal is reached, we will receive an additional 5% match on all Ride donations.

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Thanks to our 70 sponsors, 400 runners and walkers, 30+ four-footed heelers and master of ceremonies Brian Shactman, NECN for crossing the $65,000 finish line for our kids! 

VIsit back soon for results
and photos!



 Join us March 25, 2017 for some HOOPla! 

Click here for information THE 2017 SOWMA 4ON4 TOURNAMENT

Travel over

Saturday, March 25th

for the 7th annual

"4 on 4" Basketball Tournament 

to benefit children in your community impacted by homelessness.

Check in -  9 a.m. Game start - 10 a.m.

Oliver Ames HS, Nixon & Old Gyms, 100 Lothrop St. in Easton.  

Shout out to our listed sponsors for supporting our kids' education.

Get your game on and let's box out homelessness!  

For grade 9 through basketball centurion legends and beyond.  

Registration closes March 15, 2017

Contact Neil Opper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download our flyer and get in the game! 



The 2016 SOWMA 4on4 Tournament

On Saturday March 26, twenty-three teams competed in a 4-on-4 basketball tournament at Oliver Ames High School in Easton to raise over $11,000 for School on students who have been impacted by homelessness. Referees, time keepers and snack bar volunteers donated their time, and Oliver Ames donates its gym facilities to support the students we serve. This year we thank Eastern Bank, the JDerenzo Companies, Karen Francioso-Howe and The Farmer's Daughter for sponsoring the tournament and supporting our kids' education. 

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Division A Winners - Boneyard

Division B Winners - Opper

View pictures of the tournament on our Facebook page!

2015 Tournament

School on Wheels Basketball Tournament sponsored by Evolution Sports took place at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.

On Saturday March 21, 24 teams competed to raise money for School on Wheels students who have been impacted by homelessness. The referees donated their time and Oliver Ames donated their gym facilities to support the organization. Mallory Breen, a junior at Oliver Ames HS kicked off the tournament by singing the national anthem. Great job Mallory!

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