The Shadow Warrior Riders MC – Warriors Helping Warriors
I love hearing how folks became part of the Born To Ride Family. Today, you’re going to read about a long-time BTR family member, Chance Showell, and the magnificent work his MC is doing for veterans.
When did you meet Ron and Debbie? “I think it was 1995. I was doing Tech Tip of the Week, sponsored by the local Tampa Harley-Davidson dealer. I had experience doing TV and radio, so it came naturally for me. In fact, Ron always called me, “One Take Chance” because I always got everything done in one take. Of course, over the years, with various events they hosted and rides that I put on, we always networked together in the motorcycle community.”
For the past three years, Chance has been a part of Shadow Warrior Riders MC. “We are an incorporated, non-for-profit motorcycle club which is currently Nationwide. The reason for starting the club is because of what I do for a living; working for the federal government after the attacks from September 11, 2001. Then in 2012 when the attack in Benghazi occurred, that triggered another event for our club to work with. Club Brothers, Boon, Tig, and Tanto were all contractors working in Benghazi the night of the attacks. They repelled the waves of attacks for 13 hours – which is where the movie, “13 Hours Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” came about. The film follows six members of the Annex Security Team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya after waves of attacks by militants on September 11, 2012.”
Established as a non-profit, LLC Motorcycle Club, The Shadow Warrior Riders MC is for Contractors, Military, Veterans, Public Servants, and Gold Star Families.
Chance and the SWRMC work hard every year raising funds for two not-for-profit organizations. “We work once a year doing a fundraiser for two foundations; Tanto has a foundation called the “14th Hour” and Tig has a foundation called, “Beyond the Battlefield.” Both are licensed, verified and vetted, 501c-3 entities. They work with veterans and first responders. Anyone that is a public servant or veteran in need of their services can apply for help. The MC itself is not a 501c-3. We are incorporated in each state. We don’t solicit funds from people. When a non-profit organization contacts us for help, that’s when we work to pull an event together. Over the past two years, we’ve raised over $140,000 for these two non-profits.”
March 28 is a big event they are having where they will be raising funds for K9 Line. “K9 Line Inc. provides service dogs and the training for these dogs free of charge. The minimum cost to train a dog is $7,000. To train a seeing-eye dog can be upwards of $20,000. K9 Line hires only veterans to train the dogs and teach the veteran or first responder.” This event will be held at the Windermere Recreation Area, 11465 Park Ave, Windermere, FL. This is a great opportunity for you to come out, meet Chance and the SWRMC, seeing first-hand, all the good they do for their fellow veterans.
What Chance does is not a one-man thing. “With Brothers all over the country, they all support our events by getting sponsors and donations. One of my brothers in Texas is good friends with the VanZants (38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) He is working on having them come to play at our events. They are huge patriots and great guys that support us and all we do.”
In my life, especially with Born To Ride and the biker communities I support, I am fortunate to have met some of the most amazing, humble, and respectful veterans. I’m very thankful to share with you that I have met another – Chance Showell. His respect for our military and veterans is impressive. His loyalty to our country is moving. His dedication to the Shadow Warrior Riders MC and their mission speaks for itself with the selfless determination and commitment they all show in taking care of their fellow veteran Brothers and Sisters. Thank you, Chance, for sharing your event with the readers of Born To Ride magazine!
Who: Chance Showell
What: Shadow Warrior Riders MC
Event: “Working Like Dogs” Warriors Helping Warriors
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Windermere Recreation Area
11465 Park Ave
Windermere, FL 34786