Ride for Brian

Big Daddy’s, bikers support local soldier in need

More than 100 motorcyclists converged on Big Daddy’s Sports Bar and Grill recently to support a Seymour soldier recovering after being injured during combat in Iraq.

Mark “Big Norm” Norman, co-owner of Big Daddy’s Sports Bar on U.S. 411 South in Maryville said the June 7 event benefited Sgt. Brian Schar, a soldier who lost both legs right below the hip during combat in the fall of 2007. “He’s making plans to stay in the military as a sharp shooting instructor,” Norman said. “He is currently at Walter Reed Medical Center going through extensive rehabilitation as you can imagine. He got blown up by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).”

Response was strong and more than 100 riders showed up to support Schar even though he wasn’t able to be present. The riders went down West Lamar Alexander Parkway to Tellico Village to Vonore and back to Big Daddy’s on U.S. 411 South. “It wasn’t a real, real long ride. It took just over an hour to do it,” he said.

Norman said they $4,000 was raised for Schar. “His mom and dad were here. and his dad led the ride,” he said.

Norman gave special thanks to the different motorcycle groups, including Highlanders Motorcycle Club and Dixie Iron Riders. “We had several different organizations here, including the Mountain Rebels Motorcycle Club, the Blue Knights, Southern Sons Motorcycle Club were represented, Sons of God Motorcycle Club. It was incredible the number of people who showed up to that,” he said.

Norman said there were between 75 and 80 people who donated door prizes.

“We hope to have him (Schar) down here next month. It was a great, great day to have that many people turn out,” he said. “It meant a lot to see a number of people who came to support a local soldier who needed help. It did me a lot of good. It was good for everybody.”

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