• Kawasaki Donates Ninja ZX-6R To The American Indian College Fund

Kawasaki is considered one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world. That’s a status the company has earned over years of excellent bike production. But with success, there’s always that responsibility to give back to the community in one form or another. Kawasaki knows this more than most, which is why Kawasaki Motors Corp USA has announced its intention to donate a Ninja ZX-6R sportsbike to the American Indian College Fund. Oh, and the bike was signed by the cast of the Lone Ranger so that’s an added benefit, right?

The AICF, known for providing students with scholarships, will be hosting its 25th anniversary gala in Los Angeles on April 11, 2015. That’s where the Ninja ZX-6R, as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii and a Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch, will be auctioned for the benefit of the organization.

Proceeds from the silent action will directly go to AICF as the organization continues its mission of providing scholarships and other financial means of support to Native American students. The organisation’s work yielded more than $6 million in the past two years, providing 6,452 students with college scholarships.

Kawasaki’s involvement in the auction goes to show how much value the bike manufacturer puts, not only in education, but in seeing that today’s youth receive a proper college education that they can all put to good use in the future.

Something like this isn’t the kind of thing Kawasaki actively promotes to gain brownie points. That’s up to people like me who understand the importance of this kind gesture, but also appreciates the way Kawasaki continues to uplift countless lives even if it’s not required of them.

Well done, Kawasaki.

Click "continue reading" to read more about Kawasaki’s donation to the American Indian College Fund.

Why it matters

This is a pretty nice gesture from Kawasaki, and that might be putting it a little lightly. Every company, no matter how big or small, has a responsibility to give back to the community.

Sure, the magnitude of this "giving back" is relative to the resources available for each company. Seeing as Kawasaki is one of the world’s biggest bike manufacturers, something like this is pretty expected. After all, the Japanese bike maker is known for also being one of the most generous brands in the business.

Donating a Ninja ZX-6R - signed by the cast of the Lone Ranger no less - for auction is one way for the company and the American Indian College Fund to generate enough bids that can really affect the lives of young Native Americans in the US, specifically those who can now enjoy a college education because of this proceeds generated from the silent auction.

Good work, Kawasaki. You didn’t have to do it if you didn’t want to. But the fact that you did goes to show that you’re not running away from the responsibilities of giving back to the community, be it in Japan, in the US, or anywhere in the world.

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Press Release

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced recently that they will donate a Ninja ZX-6R sportbike as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii and a Kawasaki Teryx tour for two at Kipu Ranch for silent auction at the 25th Anniversary Gala for the American Indian College Fund in Los Angeles, April 11.

Proceeds from the auction of the Ninja ‘636′ and Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch will go to AICF’s mission of providing scholarships and other financial support to American Indian students, as well as funding American Indian Tribal Colleges, early childhood development and leadership development.

AICF raised more than $6 million dollars in 2013-14, and those funds provided 6,452 students with scholarships, of which 1,553 were first generation college students.

“Kawasaki is proud to support a cause that encourages higher learning,” says Chris Brull, Kawasaki Marketing Communications Director.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to explore their potential and AICF is creating educational opportunities that affect Native Americans in their own communities through scholarship and funding of tribal educational programs.”

The Kawasaki Ninja ‘636′ sportbike and Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch will be on auction at the American Indian College Fund 25th Anniversary Los Angeles Gala, taking place April 11, 2015. To learn more about AICF or for tickets to the gala, please visit http://www.collegefund.org/

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