After hosting Ride for McBride for seven years, with heavy hearts we decided to discontinue it in 2018. Over those seven years, hundreds rode their bicycles in honor of dad and many more joined us for the picnic. The ride was an amazing experience that allowed us as both a family and community to heal after losing such a special person. It was a place where Dad’s biking friends, social work colleagues/students, family, and friends could all come together to celebrate his amazing life.
Importantly, the Ride also allowed us to establish and fund a scholarship bearing his name in the Social Policy and Practice Department at University of Pennsylvania. For the past eight years now, we have awarded a scholarship to an MSW (Masters in Social Work) student who has just completed the first year of their program. The goal of the scholarship is to provide some extra financial assistance to social work students as they finish their degrees and shortly begin their careers in the field. Dad would have loved nothing more than to support these students in any way he can. Now even after his passing, he continues to be a presence in their lives.
Though we have ended the ride, we have continued to fund the scholarship through online and snail mail donations. Our goal is to support and fund this scholarship in perpetuity. Each fall we will mail out a letter about the new recipients and a form to donate to the scholarship. However, at any time, you can donate by mailing a check to: Ride for McBride, C/O Judith McBride, 114 Naudain St. Unit C, Philadelphia, PA, 19147. You can also donate online here. All funds and donations go to the Ride for McBride Memorial Award. Please also sign up for our mailing list and email us anytime with questions here.
The McBride Family
Ride for McBride was an annual charity bike ride held to honor and remember the life and work of Joseph McBride. Joe was a beloved member of the NJ/PA community for forty years, where he raised a family, coached and refereed sports, taught and worked as a social worker, and was a friend to many. Sadly, Joe lost his life in 2010 doing something he loved: riding his bike. We gathered together for the first time as a community in 2011 to ride and remember a man who touched thousands of lives. Participants in Ride for McBride can ride one of three routes (10, 25, 50 miles) and there is a luncheon ceremony held after the ride. The proceeds raised by the ride go to the Joseph McBride Memorial Award at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice – a masters program in social work. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who best exhibits Joe’s enduring qualities as a social worker: unflinching courage, strong integrity, and boundless passion. The first scholarship was awarded in the spring of 2012 and continues to this day.