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Churches co-host Ride 4 Life

WARREN — Thirteen churches with the Bristolville Area Ministerial Association will sponsor a Hope Festival Ride 4 Life 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Warren Courthouse Square featuring Scott Caraboolad and his motorcycle-riding team.

Caraboolad and others will showcase an arrayof motorcycle stunts and hear Caraboolad’s testimony of deliverance from addiction.

The free event will also include vendors, music, inflatables for the children and displays by area churches and ministries.

Pastor Shirley Stoops-Frantz of Bristolville United Methodist Church said she and other area ministers have gotten together to coordinate the event. She noted as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the area, the Hope Festival “is a unique and exciting way to explore and provide answers and hope for all.”

Caraboolad’s ministry began in 2016. He was inspired at an early age by the stunts and feats of Evil Knievel. He eventually entered the public domain and became known as “Starboyscott” by millions of fans who followed his career.

At age 17, Caraboolad’s life received a jolt when his father died.

Later Carboolad’s lifestyle propelled him toward drug addiction that ultimately cost him everything and found him tangling with law enforcement agencies around the country. On Oct. 4, 2011, he planned his suicide.

Stoops-Frantz said Caraboolad’s program has been presented in prisons, schools and the streets, raising drug addiction awareness and offering hope. In Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, he has performed in assemblies in the following schools: Bristol, Grand Valley, Bloomfield, Maplewood, LaBrae, Harding, Girard and the Juvenile Detention Center.

Through help over the next couple of years, he surrendered his life and will to God. His desire for addictive drugs faded and he began a new mission, Ride4Life, with the goal of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with unreached individuals. He presents “Hope over Heroin” shows. He brings a motorcycle stunt show to venues in order to show attendees a better life than the one he had walked away from.

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