Tour de Mentor: Tallahassee cyclist, youth mentor raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 18:40:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Inspiration, it's a word that Jason Hohensee radiates, and a word that he looks to pass down.

"It's about doing what you love, and even as bad as that accident was," said Jason Hohensee. "I wasn't going to let it deter me from doing what I love."

An endurance sport junky, Hohensee suffered a spiral fracture in his hip and femur training in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an injury that could have stopped him from ever getting back on a bike.

"It was a descent I was very familiar with, but unfortunately my brakes just locked completely locked, and I started fishtailing at about 30-35 miles per hour, and before I knew it, I was off the bike."

One month later, Jason was riding again.

"Watch this. You're not going to tell me what I can and cannot do with my life," said Alva Striplin, CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. "It's almost like he's almost furthering that feeling of you can't tell me what I can't do with his little, and with the children in our program and other mentors. He's challenging them to go beyond what people tell you what you can't do and can't be."

It's a challenge he's shared with his little brother, and one he's taking overseas. Next month, he'll cycle the French Alps, with Big Brothers Big Sisters his inspiration.

"This is kind of a passion project of mine where hopefully I can raise awareness about Big Brothers Big Sisters, and about how easy to be a mentor but at the same time," said Hohensee. "I want to raise some money to help support other people to have the same experience that I've had with my little brother."

"Jason is out there wearing our logo around the world, around the country," added Striplin. "I never asked him to do this. I never asked him to take this on. He came up with this all on his own. His story is really phenomenal."

Phenomenal and inspiring, to his peers and little brother alike. For more information on how to donate, click here: