Who is our inspiration, Jay Austin?
At 389 days in of cycling the globe, after pedaling through 27 countries, while on his bike,
Jay Austin was intentionally and brutally murdered on July 29th, 2018
in a terrorist attack in Central Asia, simply because he was an American.
He was 29 years old.
is the blog Jay was writing while on this adventure,
'part chronicling our journey and part helping others plan their own'.
Hoping to advocate for Jay's passions, of which he had many,
to keep Jay's memory alive, and for Jay to continue to inspire,
The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation®, Inc.
a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
Our mission is to promote positive change through awareness for
Cultural Diversity, Literacy, Nutrition,
and The Great Outdoors with an emphasis on Cycling,
all of Jay's passions.
To learn about us, scroll through our thought-provoking,
action-inspiring and empowering posts
or click/tap on the EXPLORE button below.
Our mission-relevant posts are published on
Pages from our headers include:
In our 'IT'S ALL ABOUT JAY' section -
'OUR CHALLENGES' section includes -
In our ENVIRONMENT section -
and lastly but not least,
While continually working at creating awareness to protect our planet,
our current goals are to
organize a cultural-diverse writing workshop,
To navigate through our site,
visit the headers at the very top of our HOME page,
each header with drop downs.
Be involved with our movement to help us realize our
ecofriendly and socially-transformative goals.
Join our Mailing List
Simply put ..
~ Simply be kind to the planet, to each other and to ourselves. ~
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on Twitter @ SimplyJayAustin
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Mention and/or photos of Lauren, the love of Jay's life, are intentionally excluded from this site, when possible, at the request of and out of respect for the privacy of her family. To learn about Jay and Lauren's amazing journey together, visit Jay's blog, 'Simply Cycling, Traveling The World By Bicycle' @ simplycycling.org.
The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation® is now also known as Simply Jay Austin
501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Status As Of 11/19/2019
US Registered Trademark 6,429,355 As of 07/20/2021
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Created by Jay's Mom, Jea Santovasco
'I could die doing what I love, but I could also die never having really lived. To me, that would have been a far greater tragedy.' - Jay Austin
Jay really lived .. up until the very moment he was intentionally brutally murdered in a terrorist attack while cycling the world.
Jay lost his life simply because he was an American.
May 1st, 1989 - July 29th, 2018