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“I ride not only because of my love for motorcycles but also because HIV and AIDS has affected my family. I lost a family member to AIDS in the early 90's and now that I have a platform to reach people, I want to educate and help end the epidemic.”
Jay Ellis is a former model and actor, who can be seen on BET’s hit series, “The Game,” as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Jay has also shared the screen alongside Terrence Howard in the Farrelly Brothers’ film, Movie 43. His other credits include guest-starring roles on “Hart of Dixie,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “NCIS,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The gregarious Ellis is a self-proclaimed “Air Force Brat,” attending twelve schools in thirteen years. Born in Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Ellis is the only child of his father, a career Sergeant in the US Air Force, and his mother, a former COO of the Bank of Oklahoma. Just before high school, Jay and his family settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Metro Christian Academy where he excelled academically, in athletics, and as the class clown. Ellis earned a basketball scholarship to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. There he was elected student body president, spent two years working with AmeriCorps in Oregon, and completed a successful internship with the Portland Trailblazers before deciding to ultimately follow his childhood dream of becoming an actor.
This is Jay’s second time participating in LifeRide.
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Support the cause, earn prizes, and fuel some friendly competition by donating to any of the celebrity rider pages. No matter who comes out on top, we are all united in this epic journey to find a cure for AIDS.
Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is an annual, week-long motorcycle ride through major U.S. cities that includes multiple high-profile events at Kiehl’s stores along the way to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds to help amfAR find a cure. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s will have raised $1.2 million for amfAR. The 6th Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is a 2,100-mile long journey that begins in Denver, CO on August 3 and ends in San Diego, CA on August 15. Learn more at www.kiehls.com and www.amfar.org.