How Megan Rion is Making a Difference at the Bounty Hole
Story By: Tyler Tate
Photos Provided by: Megan Rion
Traditionally, Little Rippers highlights one single youth doing everything they can to make a name for themselves in the UTV community.
But for Megan Rion, her thoughtful ideas and countless hours of work putting together the “Teach Em Young Kids Bounty Hole” is making a difference for lots of tikes in the community and we’re excited to be sharing her story.
“I have had this idea to create a Teach ‘Em Young event for quite awhile now,” said Megan. “I had talked to numerous people about it, but getting it to reality had proven to be a challenge. This all changed when I approached Justin James with Battle of the Builds powered by High Lifter and Brandon Fox with Monsters of the South. As a group, we all knew the concept would be a hit.”
Taking a concept to reality not only takes the vision to see it, but it also takes the money to create it.
“We shared the idea on the Monsters from the South Facebook group, and within an hour and a half, we had raised $14,000 for the event,” said Megan. “We were all mind blown. The response and support from our mudding family all across the country was unbelievable and brought about tears of joy for hundreds of people invested in the project.”
With the funding in place, it was go time.
“We put the entire first Teach Em Young Bounty Hole event together in less than one week,” said Megan. “Myself, Justin and Brandon repeatedly said what an amazing concept and idea this was, and how we can use it to benefit so many kids across this country.”
The first stop was in Jackson, Mississippi in February of 2021.
“The excitement on each and every kids face was overwhelming,” said Megan. “We also saw that same level of love and support from the parents and other family members and their friends there to support the kids. We feel that we essentially brought families closer and even more invested in the bounty hole game.”
Judging by the hundreds of calls, emails, text messages, social media messages and comments that Megan and the team received, the event was wildly successful and they are currently working on setting the next date, where they expect to have the same positive outcome as the first.
“A huge part of the success of the first Teach Em Young kids bounty hole is the fact that 100% of the $14,000 raised was given back to the kids, every child was given at least $100,” said Megan. “Nathan Parker and Peanut Fulcher, each received $3500 each as the winners of the two different classes. Second place, the prize purse was $1500, with third place receiving $800. Fourth and fifth place got $200 and each child after that $100 dollars.”
If you are interested in participating, follow Megan on Instagram @meganrion_teachemyoungkidsbh for more information or on Facebook at Teach ‘Em Young Kids Bounty Hole, where you can find the link for registration for upcoming events.
“See you soon at the next Teach ‘Em Young kids bounty hole. Our next event will be on May 15 at Wild Country Off-Road in Leaksville, Mississippi. The event will be happening the same day as the Battle of the Builds powered by Highlifter event and supported by Monsters of the South (Tucker Powersports, Quadboss, Dragonfire Racing, Moorehead Off-Road Engineering, Thumper Fab and Rockford Fosgate) and their many other partners.”