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Gear Up Florida Orientation and Kick-Off Events

Orientation offers a chance for team members to interact, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides, and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead.  

Included in the training will be team building, crew systems training, cycling safety sessions and equipment preparation for the road. The team will also visit with some people with disabilities during orientation and share in some fun activities together. There is no greater way to learn about people with disabilities than sitting down and talking and enjoying each others company. 

Family and friends are more than welcome to come down to Miami for the kick-off; however, orientation will be an extremely busy time. It is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Miami understands that orientation is very busy and team members have meetings and training taking up a large portion of time. Most parents take this time to see some of the different sites in Miami. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.   

Crew Travel Information: Crew on Gear Up Florida must report to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) or the Kelley A. Bergstrom Leadership Center of Pi Kappa Phi (2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273) by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Cyclist Travel Information
Cyclists on Gear Up Florida must report to Miami International Airport (MIA) or the Theta Delta Pi Kappa Phi House (10737 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33165) by 5:00 p.m. EST on  Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Gear Up Florida Kick-Off Dinner 
The 2018 Gear Up Florida Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience and the Theta Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi and the details of this event will be available in February of 2018.

Gear Up Florida Kick-Off 
The 2018 Gear Up Florida team will depart for Clewiston on Sunday, May 12, 2018. Following a kick-off breakfast at Florida International University (10737 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33165), the team will be departing promptly at 7:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 6:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.

Friendship Visit 
Part of team orientation while they are in Miami is a friendship visit! A friendship visit is a time that the team spends with an organization that serves people with disabilities, and builds relationships with them! All are welcome to join in on the fun! The friendship visit is still in the planning process so please check back in April 2018!

Sites to See 
Miami is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in Miami and its surrounding areas:

  • Bayfront Park
  • Key Biscayne
  • Coral Castle
  • Zoo Miami
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Wynwood Walls

Hotel Accommodations 
Parents and family members are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in Miami. 

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Miami, please contact Terrie Smith at tsmith@abilityexperience.org or (980) 318-5380.