In 1987, one man’s dream of riding his bike
across the country came true. What he did not know was the inspiration and
motivation his trek across America would give to The Ability Experience. The very next
year his ride inspired The Ability Experience to create the largest fraternal fundraising
and awareness event of its kind, the Journey of Hope. Today the Journey of Hope
covers 32 different states, cycling over 12,000 miles combined, it is solely
comprised of members of Pi Kappa Phi and continues to spread a message of acceptance
and understanding for people with disabilities.
Journey of Hope reaches out to people through newspapers, radio and television,
civic groups and community leaders, reaching millions of people annually and
bringing to the forefront the abilities of people with disabilities. From the
inaugural team of 21 team members raising $20,000, the team has since been
expanded into three different routes of 35 Pi Kappa Phis and annually raises
more than $500,000. One man’s dream made it all possible.
Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trek beginning in San Francisco
(North), Los Angeles (South) and Seattle (TransAmerica) and ending together with all teams in Washington, D.C. (view route map here). The
event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Simply put, the
Journey of Hope is a ride with a purpose. Make no mistake; this is not a simple
ride. Journey of Hope is about many things. It is about challenging the
norm. It is about serving our communities. It is about finding out more about
ourselves than we ever imagined. It is about having a dream. It is about a
mission. It is about hope.
true impact of the Journey of Hope can be felt through its programming across
the nation. After riding an average of 75 miles a day, you won't find team
members napping preparing for the next day's ride. They will be dancing at a
friendship visit with a local group that supports people with disabilities,
participating in a game of wheelchair basketball, performing puppet shows to
educate children on the abilities of people with disabilities, and learning
life lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives. This journey is
service beyond self and the men of Pi Kappa Phi have been dedicated to people
with disabilities since 1977.
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