A generation of college-aged bicyclists have not only seen the historical and cultural thread of the United States from the seat of their two-wheel mode of transportation but they also feel satisfied in knowing that they are making a difference with those less fortunate than them.
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Cyclists with Journey of Hope, a Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's national philanthropy effort to serve people with disabilities, made a stop Friday in Carson City and Western Nevada College as part of its cross-country bicycle trek that began in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, which will ultimately conclude later this summer in Washington, D.C.
When strong, gifted folks take the time to help those who are differently-abled, few things in life are more beautiful. It's the same when young, promising members of one of the finest and most academically oriented fraternities in the country spend their summer bicycling across the entire span U.S.A. in order to raise money and, "to spread a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities" as the website for The Ability Experiences' Journey of Hope puts it. It's hard not be impressed by such generosity.
Partnering with The Ability Experience, an organization who helps raise money and awareness for people with disabilities, nearly 40 Pi Kappa Phi members from around the country have been participating in Journey of Hope to bike nearly 4,000 miles cross country to raise awareness.
For Pi Kappa Phi alum Matt McKee, cycling from Long Beach to Washington, D.C., to raise money for those who struggle with disability means far more than just remaining active within his fraternity.
The cycling trek lasted only two weeks, but the lives touched along the 865-miles of Gear Up Florida's route won't soon forget Pi Kappa Phi members like Sean Austin, Zack Cockerham, and Austin Craft. The Northwestern State University students were among the 31 cyclists and crewmembers riding across Florida to re-shape the perception of people with disabilities.