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For many people with disabilities, isolation can have a substantial impact on one’s sense of self and well-being. After riding an average of 75 miles a day, our teams are dancing, playing games, or leading campfire songs at a friendship visit with a local group that supports people with disabilities. For many of our partner organizations, our team’s arrival each year is something folks anticipate like a holiday. Journey of Hope is a unique program that also has the ability to draw the attention of local media in markets across the county. This platform enables us to spread a message of awareness and inclusion everywhere we go and help showcase our partner organizations to broader audiences then they could on their own. Our teams also provide additional support to dozens of organization through grants each year.
Few people can say that they’ve successfully travelled from coast-to-coast, even fewer on a set of two thin wheels; less still for a cause far greater than themselves. The trip presents many challenges that test your strength, endurance and will, but it also provides endless opportunities to see some of the most incredible landmarks this country has to offer.
Each route offers it’s own adventure; conquer extremes like the deserts of the southwest or elevations of Kirkwood or Loveland Pass, visit national landmarks like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, and take time to explore from the middle of nowhere the nation’s biggest cities. While each route varies in geography and culture, our goal is to provide an equally great experience for every team member and spread our mission to as many people as possible.ROUTE MAP
Each year a group of highly dedicated Pi Kapps make a commitment to challenge themselves to accomplish more than they ever have, step into the unknown and take part in the best summer of their lives. To be a part of this experience means to be a different person than you were before.
Everyone who completes either Gear Up Florida, Journey of Hope or Build America is welcomed into the Pi Alpha Society. This exclusive fraternity within the fraternity is an incredible network of more than 2,000 servant leaders still making an impact in the world today. Team members meet with the men who came before them in nearly every city of the trip as they show support for the newest team. From entrepreneurs and CEOs to executives at Microsoft and Google, Pi Alphas are set apart from the societal norm due to their perseverance and commitment to service leadership. They are selfless individuals that put others before themselves. They are leaders that strive for excellence and don’t settle for mediocrity. Lifelong membership means that they continue their dedication to our mission and know how to make the most of every opportunity in life.Details
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One-on-one support from our dedicated staff, a profession training program from our amazing cycling coaches, and Mentorship from our network of accomplished Pi Alphas is just the beginning.
Did you know most cyclists come in with no road-biking experience? Or that fundraising is daunting for everyone, but we work with you step by step to help you reach your goal. You can even earn useful incentives like a free flight to orientation to cut down on your own expenses for the trip! We’ve helped students and alumni from all over the country participate. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, we’ll give you tools and resources to make it happen.TALK WITH OUR STAFF
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Lead the leaders. And get paid for it! Journey of Hope crew positions enable you to and gain professional skills and make your resume stand out. In addition to supporting the team on the road, you’ll lead roles in photography, videography, public relations, social media, health services, finance, community relations, or operations.Job Description
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“The best decision I ever made in college was applying for Journey of Hope.”
Not sure if Journey of Hope is for you? Listen to a recent Shared Experience podcast featuring Chael Williams, a Southern Miss (Theta Alpha) Pi Kapp who overcame challenges to complete Journey of Hope in 2018. He shares his experience on the road and how he was able to make it work.Listen