Fraternity stops in Rockford July 21 on 4,000-mile trek across country for charity

A group of 30 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity men will stop in Rockford this Saturday, July 21.

Contrary to what many people think when they hear the word “fraternity,” their appearance has nothing to do with a huge kegger party. They are part of a cycling team that left San Francisco June 10 en route to Washington, D.C. They plan to arrive at our nation’s capital Aug. 12.

The 4,000-mile journey across the country is designed to raise funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities. The team will average 75 miles per day and spend nearly every afternoon enhancing the lives of people with disabilities on the 64-day “Journey of Hope.”

Brock Reiter is one of the team’s members. He will be a junior at Iowa State University in the fall. He said: “Although cycling will consume much of our time, it is only a small part of the ‘Journey of Hope.’ The true mission lies in building hope for people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them.”

Reiter and the rest of his team members have each raised a minimum of $5,000 to qualify for the team. The group will stop for a rest and to have dinner at the Saturn dealership on Perryville. The public is invited to meet the members of the cycling team as they make Rockford one of their many stops during their life-changing trek across America.

Push America, a non-profit organization, organizes the “Journey of Hope” and has three teams expected to raise more than $500,000 this summer. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised more than $10 million on behalf of Americans with disabilities since their inception in 1977.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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