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BHSU Jacket Ride set for Monday of Rally Week

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Categories: Events, Students, Community, Staff, Veterans Affairs

Black Hills State University invites motorcyclists and supporters to join the BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride for veterans scholarships during the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The 2017 Jacket Ride will be held Monday, Aug. 7 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Joy Center on the BHSU Campus. Participants will enjoy a lunch followed by kickstands up at 12 p.m. before departing on premier route in the Black Hills.

David Dodson, veteran resource coordinator at BHSU, says the ride is patriotic and the support for student veterans is important to their success.

“As a rider, the Jacket Ride is a great event to combine the community and the campus to enjoy the Black Hills. As a veteran, the scholarships from the ride are special because they’re not just financial aid, they’re from the community showing support for student veterans.”  

During the ride, bikers will drive through Spearfish Canyon and Lead before turning at Nemo to journey through Vanocker Canyon before ending at Scott Peterson Motors in Sturgis.

Jacket Ride registration is $50 for a single rider and $75 for a rider and passenger. Registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, and door prize entry. All proceeds support scholarships for veteran students at BHSU.

In 2016, three scholarships were awarded to BHSU student veterans thanks to the support of the Jacket Ride participants. Jara Decker, sociology and human services major from Belle Fourche, Tyler Rousselle, human services major from Custer, and Richard Walbe, mass communication, from Spearfish received last year’s scholarships.

For more information the Jacket Ride or to register, visit or contact Kanda Guthmiller at 605-642-6335 or


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