Biker club looks to give back
Published 7:35 pm Friday, August 26, 2011
Members of the motorcycle club T.C.S. Boyz think bikers have a reputation for being tough and violent, but they are looking to change that.
The club, which includes the owner and several employees of The Chop Shop barbershop, is working to renew the image of bikers by giving back to their community.
To start the transformation, the group is holding a car and bike show and charity softball game at Peanut Park on Sept. 11.
Email newsletter signup
T.C.S. Boyz member Antonio Smith said the car and bike show and softball game came about to give the public a chance to get to together and enjoy themselves before autumn comes around.
“It’s a little bit of summer before the fall comes in for good,” he said.
He added that many bikers he knows go to Virginia Beach and other cities for their shows, but T.C.S. Boyz wanted to hold a show in Suffolk for locals.
“It’s something nobody else thought about to do,” he said.
The show’s entry fee is $20 for cars and $10 for bikes. To enter your softball team in the games, the fee is $50 per team, and each group is required to have 15 members.
The Chop Shop mobile unit will be at the event for haircuts.
Smith said when the group was created, the members knew they wanted to be different than other clubs.
“Most motorcycle clubs just do things for motorcycles and don’t give back,” he said. “We’re doing something that the other motorcycle clubs don’t do.”
After making the decision to set themselves apart from other groups, the club decided to call themselves T.C.S. Boyz Foundation to make the distinction that they are a community group.
In addition to the event, T.C.S Boyz also ran a school supply drive for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods this month to help students get the supplies they need before school starts Sept. 6.
For more information on the car and bike show and softball game, contact T.C.S. Boyz president and The Chop Shop owner Rarshan Barnes at 729-5856.