Thursday, July 14, 2011

Journey of Hope Cyclists Returning to Olathe

Journey of Hope Cyclists Returning to Olathe


From the City of Olathe press release:

On Monday, July 18, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Olathe as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

The team will spend Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19, in the Olathe community. Mark Cameron, a generous and dedicated Push America volunteer, is helping to coordinate the team's stay in Olathe. The team will be visiting the Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, at noon on Monday July 18, where Mayor Michael Copeland will issue a proclamation in honor of the cyclists. Monday night the cyclists will visit Kauffman Stadium for an on-field introduction. On Tuesday, July 19, the team will tour the Kansas State Innovation Campus and will spend the afternoon at the Evergeen Community of Johnson County as part of a Friendship Visit.
The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in Seattle and ending in Washington, D.C., August 16.
For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding. The Journey of Hope team members will spend every afternoon with people with disabilities at many different community events and activities. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest.
Celebrating 20 plus years, the Journey of Hope teams hope to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year's Journey of Hope will raise more than $520,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.

For more information about this event or more on Push America's summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at 913-393-4453 or visit http://www.pushamerica.org/.



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