History

Everything we do is driven by our desire to carry forward the legacy left behind by our Founder, Don Rodman, who devoted the last few decades of his life to helping kids. 

Since our beginning in 1991, Rodman for Kids has raised over $164 million for 40+ organizations, impacting 100,000 kids annually.

Don believed that every child deserved opportunities to dream, to grow, and to succeed. Our mission is to continue his incredible legacy to ensure his impact is felt on young people for years to come.

Where We've Been

Ride for Kids is started as an event to help four nonprofit organizations raise money.

Read More About the History of the Ride1991
The first Disney for Kids trip sends 75 inner-city kids to Walt Disney World.

1992
2,500 kids see South Pacific at the Boston Opera House.

2001
Theatre for Kids is born, creating ongoing opportunities to have children experience live theatre.

Read More About the History of Theatre for Kids2003
The first annual Celebration for Kids gala is held at the Seaport World Trade Center.

2003
Theatre for Kids is renamed The Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program.

2007
Don Rodman passes away one month before the 29th Ride.

2019
The pandemic forces the Ride and Celebration to go virtual.

 

2020
We went back on the road for the first ever hybrid Ride for Kids!

2021

About Don & Marilyn

Everything we do is driven by our desire to carry forward the legacy left behind by our Founder, Don Rodman, who devoted the last few decades of his life to kids, and his wife, Marilyn Rodman.