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Hank Rowe, a retired educator, University of Arizona and Salpointe Catholic High School alum and bicycle enthusiast, is presently riding across the country via Route 66 to raise awareness and money for the Children’s Clinics Adaptive Recreation Program.
Hank and a friend are riding to Chicago on Route 66 and they plan to reach Boston in early June. They started at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Pier on March 31. When interviewed for the podcast on Wednesday night (April 20), they were at Santa Fe, N.M., about 865 miles from where their journey started.
Hank has been one of Children’s Clinics most reliable and valuable volunteers since 2016. He has worked countless hours building and delivering adaptive tricycles as well as helping raise money for the kids of Southern Arizona to receive an adaptive tricycle.
Over the past six years, Children’s Clinics has gifted nearly 400 adaptive tricycles and Hank has either built or had an hand in helping ensure kids received their trike in over 150 of those tricycles.
Hank is also a grandson of legendary Arizona baseball coach Frank Sancet and was a batboy for the Wildcats at the end of Sancet’s coaching career and beginning of Jerry Kindall’s time at Arizona.