Holly Warlick, U.T. Lady Vols associate head coach, will serve as the ride captain for United Way of Blount County’s Third Annual Back Roads Ride.
Warlick has worked alongside famed coach Pat Summitt for over thirty years, first as a point guard and then as a top basketball assistant.
The Knoxville-native has been inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. In 1980, she was the first athlete, man or woman, to have her jersey retired in Tennessee history.
Warlick is as familiar with bike rides for service as she is with basketball. In 2007, she and Nikki Caldwell, a former fellow assistant, founded the Championship for a Cause Foundation.
Warlick and Caldwell took a 3,000-mile cross-country motorcycle trip to raise breast cancer awareness. She also took trips to Key West and New Orleans, raising $10,000 dollars collectively for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
United Way’s bike ride is set for Sept. 26 at The Shed by Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and pull out is at 2 p.m. The two-hour ride will end at Courtyard Grille, where barbecue will be available to riders and guests.
The ride is $25 per rider or $40 per couple. Barbecue-only tickets are available for $10.
Riders will be escorted by the Dixie Iron Riders, who will lead participants on some of Blount County’s most scenic routes.
To preregister for the Back Roads Ride or to purchase tickets to the barbecue, call 865-981-2251 or visit liveunitedblount.org/bikeride.