Ride to Washington: Plano native to bike across U.S. for charity

Plano native Reed Richards will embark on a cross-country bike ride this summer as part of the Pi Kappa Phi & The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope

The 21-year-old Texas Christian University student and Plano West Senior High School alum will fly to San Jose, California in early June for the start of a cross-country adventure.

For the next two months, Richards will ride his bike approximately 50 to 75 miles per day on a summer journey to Washington, D.C.

“I’m a little bit nervous about the long days, but also excited about getting to meet new people,” Richards said.

Richards will peddle alongside members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity as part of its Journey of Hope ride. The event raises money and awareness for people with disabilities.

Riders will take frequent stops along the way to make friends and spread their message. Richards began college three years ago. He initially had trouble finding his niche at school.

“When I first came here, I didn’t have a place to call my own,” Richards said. “Once I came across Pi Kappa Phi, I knew it was a good fit for me.”

The fraternity places a significant emphasis on philanthropy, something very important to Richards. Over the past few years, Richards has had the opportunity to help others in need. One of the highlights for him has been working with the Kinderfrogs program at TCU’s Star Pont School.

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