- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - For the past 22 years, the name Jerry Covington has been synonymous with producing a quality product that has focused attention on himself, his business, and the City of Woodward. Perhaps less well known are Covington’s philanthropic efforts that have made an a significant impact both locally and on a national level.

The Woodward News (https://bit.ly/1VJssUc ) reports that following a long, successful career creating award-winning custom motorcycles, Covington, has been named as one of six inductees into the prestigious Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame for 2016.

Covington is renowned throughout the world for his innovative designs and a genuine obsession for quality in every detail. Since the creation of his first custom bike in 1972, Covington has continuously demonstrated professionalism and dedication in the custom motorcycle business.

His business in Woodward, Covington’s Customs, employs about 14 people and the motorcycles produced are sold all over the United States and beyond.

Reached by the Woodward News for comment on his upcoming induction, Covington responded, “The big deal about that particular hall of fame is that they only do a few people a year. It’s great to be recognized for what you’ve done and what you put into your industry for all the years that you’ve been doing it. It’s particularly great being recognized in such a positive way.”

During his time as a custom motorcycle builder, Covington has given back to the community in ways that most people never see.

“We always try to give back. I don’t do it to be recognized. It’s just the right thing to do,” Covington said. “We do a lot charitable work for the local community for sure, but we also do it for a lot of different charities outside of the local area.

“We counted up the other day and figured out that we’ve donated 10 motorcycles over the past 15 years for use by charities. We started looking at what those donations raised in money contributions over the years and it was over $800,000. We did one last year that the guy took the bike around to 18 different events to sell tickets for a chance to win it. He raised money for two different charities, one that helps veterans and one that helps the homeless. He managed to raise $256,000.”

“We did one for Channel 9 on that Stan’s Ride two or three years ago,” Covington added. “That one did $50,000. One of the things that we were really able to get behind on that one was that it was for the Food for Kids Backpack Program, where the kids can take a backpack of food home from school. That fed 250 kids for a year. The reason I really liked that one was because it was focused on schools in western Oklahoma.”

The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction will take place during a special Induction Breakfast on Aug. 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood in Deadwood, SD. The Hall of Fame induction is held in conjunction with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD, Aug. 8-14.

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Information from: The Woodward News, https://www.woodwardnews.net

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