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Former hockey player's cross-country 'Wellness Ride' makes stop in Lakewood

Posted: 2:38 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 15:06:35-04

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A former professional hockey player is on a cross-country bike ride to deliver meals to people in need.

Last week, Richie Crowley made a stop at the Lakewood Community Center, where he donated more than 400 meals to The Hunger Network.

Crowley played hockey for the U.S. National Under 18 Team in the 2008-2009 season.

His goal isn’t only to feed people, it’s also to educate them about how long they can build a long-term healthy lifestyle for themselves.

"I think wellness needs to be accessible, and it's something where everyone deserves to have this level of wellness because of what it unlocks, the creativity that it unlocks, the opportunity that it unlocks, the happiness that it unlocks and that all comes back to food,” Crowley said.

Crowley started the ride in Boston last month, and he’ll end in Los Angeles in October.

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