Memorial & Honorary Grants

Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant

Jason Tirado, Zeta Epsilon Chapter at George Mason University, passed away on April 30, 2000, from a fall during a hiking trip with friends in the North Carolina mountains. Jason was a Journey of Hope cyclist in 1999 and was spending the 2000 spring semester as Gear Up Florida project manager. He impacted the lives of hundreds during his time with The Ability Experience.

The Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant provides an annual grant to an organization, voted on by the team, that made the greatest impact on members along the Journey of Hope North route.

Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant Recipients
2019

Eisenhower Center – Ann Arbor, MI

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Eisenhower Center is a residential rehabilitation facility that focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury. They are licensed by the states of Michigan and Florida to care for individuals eighteen years of age or older.

2018

Nebraska Spina Bifida Inc. – Omaha, NE

2017

Rocky Mountain Village

2016

Nebraska Spina Bifida

2015

Southside Arts Center

2014

Chasing Dreams

Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant

Todd Porterfield, Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of Washington, passed away on August 7, 2000. Todd was cycling with the Journey of Hope South team and was struck by a car in Lexington, N.C. Todd leaves a long legacy of compassion, brotherhood, dedication and selfless giving.

The Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant provides an annual grant to an organization, voted on by the team, that made the greatest impact on members along the Journey of Hope South route.

Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant Recipients:
2019

Every Ability Plays Project of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM

Every Ability Plays Project supports Inclusive Play with a goal of making sure every playground in Albuquerque, New Mexico has accessible equipment for children with disabilities.  Founder, Tonya Rivera has cerebral palsy and believes everyone should have an accessible playground. Her story is incredible! Tonya wants to share her message of love and acceptance for people of all abilities by giving them parks where children of all abilities can interact with one another at a very early age through play.

2018

Sportable Inc. Richmond, VA

2017

Adaptive Recreation Services

2016

AbilityFirst – Long Beach

2015

AbilityFirst – Long Beach

2014

CampUs at Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing

Rogers Family Honorary Grant

Bruce Rogers, Chi Chapter at Stetson University, was the inspiration for Journey of Hope in 1987. He was the first to cycle from the Pacific Northwest to the east coast in order to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

He now lives in Evergreen, CO with his family. Bruce and Sally, his wife, are still very involved with the mission and work of The Ability Experience. Bruce is a major corporate sponsor and regularly does ride-a-longs with the Journey of Hope teams.

ROGERS FAMILY HONORARY GRANT RECIPIENTS:
2019

Adaptive Recreation Opportunities – Fort Collins, Colorado

The City of Fort Collins Recreation Division provides equal and quality recreation for community members with disabilities. Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary accommodations or support to participate in any recreation program at their highest level of independence.

2017

Latitude Arts

2016

Children’s Therapy Clinic

2015

Walla Walla Valley Disability Network

2014

Panhandle Special Needs Inc.