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Former two-sport star Bo Jackson is biking 300 miles across Alabama next week to raise $1 million to rebuild after tornados last year.

Last April, dozens of massive tornadoes rumbled through various parts of Alabama, killing more than 300 people and leveling entire neighborhoods. Thousands of lives were permanently scarred and even today, 12 months later, many families are still waiting to rebuild. 

Former pro baseball and football star, Bo Jackson, an Alabama native and Auburn University alum, feels their pain and is doing something about it. From April 24-28, Jackson, along with more than a dozen other athletes, will ride bikes through the tornado ravaged communities in a quest to raise awareness about the slow recovery process and to raise $1 million for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.

“It is total devastation. In some areas a lot of work has been done but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” Jackson said in an interview with SNY. “People there are struggling. Insurance companies are taking their time doing what they are doing and people need work done. I figured this is the best way to give back to my state, by making the rest of the country aware of what is happening in my home state.

“The most devastating thing I’ve seen is entire towns, entire communities wiped off the face of the earth,” Jackson said. “All you see are foundations, where homes used to be, where a building used to stand. There are still a lot of people who are still trying to back on their feet and bring stability back to their lives.

“I have been told that the name Bo Jackson can open doors,” he added. “I am hoping and praying my name can bring enough attention to this that people will want to help.”

Other athletes riding with the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner include Scottie Pippen, Lance Armstrong, Cam Newton, Ray Lewis, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie George, Herschel Walker and many more. A limited number of people who make a $200 donation will also ride with Jackson each day along the route.

For more information about the ride or to make a donation, visit BoBikesBama.com. You can also make a donation by text by entering the keyword BOBIKES to 50555 to donate $10.