Brooklyn Center Teen Mows 50 Lawns for Free
In the midst of a cool autumn day in Brooklyn Park, a steady hum of a lawn mower can still be heard.
While most have stored away their grass cutters for the year, 14-year-old Tyquan is still at work. The teen has mowed more than 50 lawns, free of charge, since summer.
“My favorite part is probably just mowing the lawn and seeing smile on everybody’s faces after I’m done,” said Tyquan.
Tyquan was inspired to mow at least 50 yards through a man named Rodney Smith. Smith mowed lawns for veterans and the elderly in all 50 states.
“This has helped me realize like how much I can help,” said Tyquan. “I always wanted to help, I just never did because I could never find a way. So, now I found a way.”
After learning of Tyquan’s milestone, Smith, the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, announced on Twitter he’ll be visiting Tyquan to present a new leaf blower, weed trimmer and lawn mower.
Tyquan’s mom admits the challenge for Tyquan wasn’t always easy.
“Sometimes (the lawn mower) runs out of oil or something like that. Or it just does not start up, in the middle of the lawn, it’s been challenging to keep it up but it has made it through and we’re happy to see that,” she said.
Through the ups and the downs, by the end of the journey, Tyquan knew there was something different about him.
“I lost motivation, but I chose to continue for everybody else, not for myself. I took a break for a month and then I continued,” he said.
“It’s a proud moment for me,” said Tyquan’s mom. “Him as a young person, he can be out doing anything in the world, but he’s choosing to serve others.”