Founded more than a decade ago by multi-time national road and track champion Rahsaan Bahati, who is ably assisted by his father Rashid Bahati and other family members, the Bahati Foundation is ready to step up to a new level.
It has already progressed toward its mission, to “provide inner-city youth access to noncompetitive and competitive cycling with resources and support, allowing success on and off the bike.” But as Rahsaan told us in a recent interview: “I do hope we get bigger. I don’t like to compare our foundation with others but as you know there’s organizations out there that raise millions of dollars. I would love for the foundation to be that. I would love to be able to pay myself to work for the foundation. It’s been 11 years, going on 12, and I’ve never taken a dime from the foundation, because in my opinion we haven’t reached that threshold to where I deserve to pay myself. So, I would love for it to get bigger, a nonprofit business that I could give 100 percent to.”
To find out how the foundation began, how it functions and what are some of its achievements, we first spoke with Rashid Bahati, who is the executive director in addition to running a film production business.
JANUARY 22, 2023