Fraternity men cycling across country for people with disabilities in Rockford July 19

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Friday, July 19, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Rockford 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 arrive in Rockford at 1 p.m. Shortly after, at 1:30 p.m., the team will have a Friendship Visit with the Rockford Park District, 401 S. Main St.

A Friendship Visit is a time when the team will meet with a local organization that helps people with disabilities and the team will play games, sports, dance, and just spend time and build relationships with the people they meet.

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, from San Francisco (north and south) and Seattle (TransAmerica) to Washington, D.C., where they will arrive Aug. 10.

At stops across the country, the three routes will distribute grants directly to assist organizations in serving people with disabilities, along with spending time with the new friends during Friendship Visits.

The time spent with the people for whom these young men ride is what makes the trip special; an afternoon spent together can make both team members and participants look past any disabilities and focus solely on the person.

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 has raised 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 about this event or more about Push America’s summer programs, contact Josh Sasek at (980) 318-5393 or visit

Posted July 17, 2013

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