Union Daily Times

Racers reinforce values at BES

BUFFALO — America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series returned to Union County this past weekend when the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC was held at the Big Buck Farm, but before those races began the sponsors of the event and some of their racers visited a local school.

In a statement released Thursday, Buffalo Elementary School announced that on Friday, Feb. 23, it “had the great privilege of hosting the GNCC Racing network and a few of its team members. GNCC Racing has contestants who come from all over the world to achieve their dream of becoming a World Champion dirt-bike or ATV racer. Union County hosted one of their network races at Big Buck on February 24th and 25th.”

The press release stated that the team visited BES on Friday, Feb. 23 to “speak with our third through fifth grades in order to reinforce the values that are being taught by Buffalo’s faculty and staff each and every day. The GNCC team conducted many activities that educated the students about the types of bullying that occur and how to respond to those that are bullying. The team also spoke about the value that each student has and how their individuality gives them great worth! The racers inspired the students with stories about their greatest hardships and how they bounced back from the agony of defeat.“

The announcement states that the school’s students were “completely engaged in the program and were on the edge of their seats throughout each story and activity.”

No doubt they were because stories of personal encounters with adversity and the overcoming of the challenges faced are always riveting because they teach lessons about character, fortitude, courage, and determination. This is especially true when they are told through activities and messages about an exciting sport like automotive racing where defeat is always a possibility and must be faced forthrightly when it occurs. It is even more true when it is combined with anti-bullying lessons that include a message that all children are special and unique because they are individuals and their individuality is something they should be proud of and others respect.

So thank you to the GNCC Racing network and the team members who went to Buffalo Elementary School to deliver such a powerful and uplifting message. While the successes you enjoy in racing are impressive, your willingness to support efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of our children is even more impressive and even more worthy of celebration.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Motorcycles were a big part of a program presented at Buffalo Elementary School by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members on Feb. 23. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. Prior to that, the network and its team members were at BES to help reinforce the values taught at the school including delivering an anti-bullying message and sharing team members’ stories about overcoming adversity.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_BES-GNCC-1-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Motorcycles were a big part of a program presented at Buffalo Elementary School by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members on Feb. 23. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. Prior to that, the network and its team members were at BES to help reinforce the values taught at the school including delivering an anti-bullying message and sharing team members’ stories about overcoming adversity.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Students at Buffalo Elementary School took part in a program presented at the school on Feb. 23 by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. On Feb. 23, however, GNCC brought a message through stories and activities designed to reinforce the values taught BES students at the school. The program included educating the children about the kinds of bullying they might encounter and how to respond to the bullying. It also included the personal stories of the racers who talked about the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_BES-GNCC-4-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Students at Buffalo Elementary School took part in a program presented at the school on Feb. 23 by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. On Feb. 23, however, GNCC brought a message through stories and activities designed to reinforce the values taught BES students at the school. The program included educating the children about the kinds of bullying they might encounter and how to respond to the bullying. It also included the personal stories of the racers who talked about the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School The Buffalo Elementary School cafeteria was filled with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who eagerly listened to, watched, and even took part in a presentation made at their school by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. The day before the racing began, the network and its team members were at BES where they presented a program designed to reinforce the values being taught there, including anti-bullying and the value that each student has and how their individuality gives them great worth.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_BES-GNCC-2-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School The Buffalo Elementary School cafeteria was filled with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who eagerly listened to, watched, and even took part in a presentation made at their school by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members. The GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County Feb. 24-25. The day before the racing began, the network and its team members were at BES where they presented a program designed to reinforce the values being taught there, including anti-bullying and the value that each student has and how their individuality gives them great worth.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Motorcycles and riding gear are not what you usually expect to find in a school cafeteria but they played an important role in a program presented at Buffalo Elementary School on Feb. 23. The program was presented by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members who, with stories and activities, brought a message about the value of the individual and anti-bullying. The purpose of the program was to reinforce the lessons being taught students at the school. That weekend, the GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_BES-GNCC-3-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Buffalo Elementary School Motorcycles and riding gear are not what you usually expect to find in a school cafeteria but they played an important role in a program presented at Buffalo Elementary School on Feb. 23. The program was presented by the GNCC Racing network and some of its team members who, with stories and activities, brought a message about the value of the individual and anti-bullying. The purpose of the program was to reinforce the lessons being taught students at the school. That weekend, the GNCC Racing network brought the 22nd Annual Big Buck GNCC off-road and ATV racing series to the Big Buck Farm in Union County.
Present program on individuality, anti-bullying

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.