A team of 36 cyclists participating in Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital, will visit Las Vegas June 19-20 as a stop on their 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
The southern route team will arrive at noon Wednesday, June 19, for a friendship visit at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, located at 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. City of Las Vegas representatives will present a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman proclaiming June 19 as Push America Day. Team members will participate in a wheelchair basketball demonstration with local athletes, present a disability-awareness puppet show and make a bicycle safety presentation for summer campers at the center. Wednesday evening they will go bowling at the Santa Fe lanes with participants in the city’s Adaptive Recreation program and spend Thursday at Wet ‘n’ Wild with Lorenzi Adaptive Program summer campers.
The city's Adaptive Recreation Division provides community-based, therapeutic recreation services and opportunities for individuals to become and to stay active.
Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which 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, a total of 4,000 miles, with groups beginning in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, and ending together Aug. 10 in Washington, D.C.
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 have spent every afternoon with people with disabilities in 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.
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 $500,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised more than $13 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.
For more information about Push America or to set up an interview, please contact crew member Matt Varnell at (704) 574-5804, Sarah Hayden at (980) 318-5396, or log on to www.pushamerica.org.