ATLANTA -- While making a rare visit to Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, Bo Jackson spent time with his former general manager, threw a ceremonial first pitch to a University of Alabama fan and also promoted Bo Bikes Bama, a 300-mile bike journey that will take him and other celebrities through tornado-ravaged communities to raise money for the Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.
All of the proceeds of this charitable endeavor will go to those victimized by the deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of Alabama on April 27, 2011. Those interested in making a donation or learning more about the event can visit www.bobikesbama.com or text "BOBIKES" to 50555 to immediately donate $10 to Bo Bikes Bama.
"Alabama is my home state," Jackson said. "Nobody expected that tornado to be that big and that devastating. I have the clout to make the rest of the country aware of how devastating these tornados are. ... It just happened to happen in my state. Whatever I can do to raise attention to that and raise funds to benefit those people that were devastated by it, then that's my role. That's my job as a fellow Alabaman."
After being selected by the Royals in the fourth round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson was introduced to then-Kansas City general manager and current Braves president John Schuerholz. The two spent some time catching up on Wednesday morning.
One of the most identifiable figures in Auburn University's history, Jackson threw Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch to Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, a devout University of Alabama fan. Safe to say his 49-year-old arm is not as strong as it was back when he could make a throw to the plate from the warning track.
"It's been a while," Jackson said. "I'm quite sure that one pitch I threw today, I will feel it tomorrow morning."