While not racing but providing Fox Sports with in race analysis, recently retired Ryan Dungey makes his biggest impact off the track this weekend in his home state of Minnesota.
While the racing has stopped, the next chapter of his life is undeveloped and raw for Dungey, this is where the thrill of competition continues for him.
“With racing it was a different lifestyle for me,” said Dungey. “Racing on a premier level is a goal that I have been working towards since I was seven years old. That was my focus for twenty years of racing, constantly pushing to become better at that goal. Now there is a big shift, it is a big change. The difference of daily strategy and pursuits is different. For me this new chapter is exciting. It becomes an opportunity for me to invest in the other things that are important to me in my life.”
Dungey is quick to point out that many of these future opportunities were born from the success he achieved on the track.
“The career that I had is more than I could have ever imagined. It really was a special chapter in my life. It is important to me to recognize what racing has brought to the table. I hate when people seem discouraged for me saying, ‘Oh….now it’s over. What are you going to do?’ I worked so hard to get to this point and now I get to take what I learned in racing and using the platform for bigger and better purposes. Racing is selfish in a way because it is all about you. This next chapter becomes about the community through sharing my experiences and pushing others to success.”
“I think there are great opportunities for me to participate in other sports even in the four wheel community less to compete but more for fun. New experiences create learning opportunities. I enjoy the process of learning. New experiences help to create or gain perspective. I want to be able to help the younger riders in the sport. The more experiences I have, the more I have to share with others to breathe better knowledge into others to create a better human being. There are good and bad experiences we will all have. It comes down to what you do with those moments that create who you will be.”
This weekend in Minneapolis, Dungey makes his platform felt as he advances his involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A social media campaign featuring the men of moto began this week and will continue with Dungey as the face of the movement to create awareness to the campaign #ThisShirtSavesLives. Last year, the Supercross community supported Dungey with a “Text to Donate” campaign. This year the entire community is invited to join with the riders to fundraise for a great cause.
During the races Saturday April 14, fans can join with top riders Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and more in the fight against childhood cancer by Texting SUPER to 785-833 and making a monthly donation of $20 on their credit card while receiving an exclusive This Shirt Saves Lives T-shirt.
It’s thanks to generous donors like yourself that families will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.
“It’s pretty exciting to continue this partnership with St. Jude, Supercross and Fox Sports. In 2012 one of sponsors took me to the Target House and hospital and I knew right then and there that I wanted to help and contribute and since then there have been campaigns like this, bike rides and runs. Through it all we have raised over $700,000 to date. Having all of the riders become a part of this is awesome. We have a special community that never hesitates to support great causes outside of racing, athlete and fan included. When we see the bigger picture in life, we find out what is really important.”
Beyond the work Dungey will be doing for the “greater good” as he calls it for St. Jude, he will receive his ring for his forth and final season championship won in Las Vegas last season. While this honor is usually reserved for the opening race in Anaheim, Dungey will get to share this career achievement with his home state.
“It is definitely special. This is where I grew up. This is the community that began to shape me. To be honored in the state I grew up in means so much to me. The countess hours that every person on the team puts in are unmeasurable, and the celebration this weekend is an acknowledgment of what it takes to become a successful team and everyone along the way that helps you get there.”