May 20, 2017
Solomon Holmes (left) of Barstow Elementary
nominated Karl Jensen for the
Kindest Kansas Citian Award
By Claire Tadokoro
Tribune Intern Reporter
Recently Karl Jensen, 61, of Lee’s Summit was awarded a 2017 Kindest Kansas Citian award. With an impressive beard, pierced ears, black clothes and skull patches—Jensen, or “Krazy Karl”, may not be the most obvious choice at first glance, but he is one of the most deserving.
Solomon Holmes, a sixth grader at Barstow Elementary, nominated Jensen for the exclusive award because of his work with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), a unique organization of motorcyclists.
“The purpose of BACA is to empower children that have been physically or sexually abused,” Jensen said. “We are not here to physically pick these children up, but rather to give them the environment that will allow them to pick themselves up and do whatever it takes to face the abuse head on.”
Various actions BACA takes includes uniting members to ride and meet the family, offering the child a patch, stickers, and a photo of their biker family, drafting letters to perpetrators of abuse, paying the therapy for a child in need and more.
Jensen initially heard about BACA when they were trying to start a chapter in Kansas City. He went to the first meeting in December of 2002. In 2003 he became a patched member.
Since then, he’s held positions as Chapter President, State President, and International Executive Board member. Currently he serves as a Primary. A Primary is someone who is assigned to look out and ride for an abused child.
He deemed this the highest position one can hold in the organization.
“The best part about being a member of BACA is to see the transformation of an abused child,” Jensen said. “From scared, withdrawn and hurt to empowered, open and healing.”
This year, over 5,000 students submitted essays to nominate someone for the Kindest Kansas Citian Award. From this metro-wide pool, 20 outstanding individuals were selected to be honored at Synergy Services’ KKC Awards Dinner on May 5.
“I can think of no honor greater than to be given an award for being kind,” Jensen said. “I am humbled more than honored for this award. Kindness to each other is what the world cannot have enough of.”
While Jensen is clear the award is extremely meaningful, he believes his volunteer should be considered nothing more than expected.
“We are all responsible for the safety and care of our children,” he said. “We must all keep our ears and eyes open and ready to act. One can have a kind and compassionate heart for the abused children of the world. If you are not willing to act, or to get involved at some level when you see a child in need, the kindness and compassion means nothing. The overall health and welfare of our children is not an individual responsibility. It is all of our responsibility at the end of the day.”
To learn more about Bikers Against Child Abuse or donate, visit bacaworld.org