St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

LaPlace Native Kyle Olasin and Teammates Will Cycle 270 miles for Gleason Initiative Foundation

LaPlace Native Kyle Olasin and Teammates Will Cycle 270 miles for Gleason Initiative Foundation

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kyle Olasin represents the good in people as a member of Team Good Folks, an organization built around good folks willing to push themselves to their mental and physical limits, through participation in events that positively impact the lives of others, while doing "good." Team Good Folks has partnered with the Gleason Initiative Foundation, to raise awareness and financial support for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) awareness/research. Team Good Folks is participating in a three-day, 270-mile ALS Therapy Development Institute Tri-State Trek (cycling trip) on the East Coast with former Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX Champion Eric Alexander. The Tri-State Trek will raise money for former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason's Team Gleason House for Innovative Living.

Olasin, a St. Charles Catholic graduate, along with other members of Team Good Folks, Grif Fos (creator of Good Folks Movement and Team Good Folks), Magan Munson, Peter Collins, Daniel Moore and Roz Bialczak will cycle with Eric Alexander from Newton, Massachusetts to Greenwich, Connecticut beginning July 19 and ending July 21. The goal of each member is to raise $1,800 toward finding a cure for ALS and to raise $2,000 for the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living. This innovative house is designed to help people diagnosed with incurable neuro-muscular disorders live more independently. It is the second house of its kind in the United States and it is located in Mid-City (New Orleans, LA). Donations go directly to the foundation and can be made online at

Olasin also began blogging on his journey with Team Good Folks and on his new brand titled "Mind.Set.Go", created to remind people to stay positive and also help people give back to their communities at the same time. "Team Good Folks serves as an inspiration to young people who want to give back to their communities. I know at least two members of the team and their families’ very well, Kyle and Grif, and am very proud of them and their efforts", said Parish President Robottom.

When asked about his journey, Olasin explained, "I am doing the ride as a simple way to show support for those battling ALS on a daily basis and to help give back." He added, "I also want to show people we can exceed well beyond the boundaries we set for ourselves if we are willing to step out of our comfort zone and maintain a positive mindset through it all." To read more about “Mind.Set.Go” and to follow Olasin's blog visit

Celebrating selfless individuals as their motto, Good Folks Movement also converged upon Moore, Oklahama in the beginning of June to provide rebuilding assistance and moral support to tornado victims. To contact Team Good Folks for more information, please email Grif Fos at, follow them on twitter at @GoodFolksMovmt, and on Facebook under Good Folks Movement. To learn more about Steve Gleason, Team Gleason, and The Gleason House for Innovative Living, please visit