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2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Rudolph Harris

March 30, 2018 01:27 PM

We continue to honor this year's ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. Today, we feature a retired man who has helped turn around a once troubled Rochester neighborhood.

Rudolph Harris goes by many names but is motivated by just one phrase – you have to be in it to win it – and he’s in it.

It’s a program called Conkey Cruisers – encouraging city kids to exercise on bicycles. Founder Theresa Bowick said, “Really just getting out, getting fit and having fun doing it.”

Their public, free biking events for kids are a force of good in the Conkey-Clifford neighborhood.

Fellow volunteer Michael Davis worked in law enforcement and remembers how bad things here were. “People were selling drugs on the corner at this park and once this program came, that all changed. I saw children playing on the street which I haven't seen ever. On that wall across the street you see that sign…there's hope there.”

Hope thanks to volunteers like Rudolph – an ESL Jefferson Award winner making our community a better place.

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