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A Conversation on Foster Care and the New Film, “The Ride”
Presented by The Sheen Center and The National Review Institute
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3PM
From the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens, THE RIDE follows John McCord, an athletically gifted youth who triumphs over a troubled upbringing. After a violent, racially-charged incident lands John (Shane Graham) in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge (Ludacris) and Marianna Buultjens (Sasha Alexander), an interracial couple who want to provide a fresh start for the tormented youth. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing and slowly begins to forge a relationship through his foster son’s fascination with extreme sports by giving John his first bike. Rooted by this newfound passion, the family builds a bond of mutual respect, love and together they speed toward BMX glory and ultimately, redemption.
THE RIDE is from the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens (Shane Graham) who escapes an abusive white supremacist upbringing and forged a better life through the love and life lessons of his interracial foster parents (Ludacris and Sasha Alexander).