"stunt dudes" bringing a chapter to joplin - but as koam's chris warner explains, it goes beyond just learning stunts and tricks.
John andrus was new to the joplin area but has been a long time member of "stunt dudes" a group of bmx bikers who do tricks and put on shows for schools, churches, and a number of organizations.
So, he setup the "joplin ramp farm" at his home in town, as a place for the stunt dudes to train.andrus: "we're actually a ministry, so we get to travel around and tell people about the faith that's in us through christ and we went from death to life in jesus christ, we love to share that with people, but more so than that we like to give people a place to have good clean fun, you don't have to do drugs, you don't have to drink alcohol to have a good time, you do have to go do vandalization.
Members come from all across the united states, like louie cortese, who's from a small town in florida.
He says he was one of those kids out doing things he shouldn't be, getting into trouble, but stunt dudes, gave him a way out.cortese: "a lot of people are out doing things they shouldn't be doing, but for me personally, it was just a way out of those crazy things, it was something i could feel like, i was unique in, that i could do better, from the amateur ranks to the pro ranks, it's been an awesome ride."
Now, he's using his experiences to minister to other young men.cortese: "in all seriousness, it's unexplainable, because, you think you're just riding a bmx bike and you're just putting on a show, but in reality, people see you, more off the bike, people will recognize you for what you did off the bike and that thing that you said or how you acted in front of that kid."
Cortese says he hopes more kids in troubling situations will find something they love and pursue a positive way out.
In joplin, chris warner, koam news.
Jordan: andrus says while the ramp farm is a private site, they do invite the public out to train with them.
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