2500 for Hunger: A long journey on a longboard

Updated: October 06, 2020 05:50 PM

A month into his journey, Daniel Plys is feeling good about his progress. "I average 50-60 miles a day," he shared from Memphis on Monday.


He left a month ago from the headwaters of the Mississippi River. His goal is to push his longboard 2500 miles down the entire route of the Mississippi River trail.

Plys has been able to reflect on the change of scenery. "It's almost like going to different countries a lot of the times," he shared.

And this mode of transportation gives him a chance to share why he's doing this. "Being on a longboard gives people a chance to pause and wonder and ask why. It gives me the opportunity to talk about how this is an issue in our community and something I'm passionate about."

Plys is on a mission: 2500 for Hunger. He's raising money for Project Joy, which fights childhood hunger. It was inspired by his father, the late Patrick Plys, who battled brain cancer and lived by the motto, I Choose Joy.

His older brother, Chris, an Olympic curler, also helped inspire him. "To have people like that push their sport to the limit. And not settle for mediocre. It's been a huge driving factor in pushing me to want to be better and dream bigger."

He's already raised more than $9,000.

"To give kids a fighting chance, I think is something we should all try and do."

To help his cause:

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