Gear Up Florida

Since 1997, over 500 Pi Kappa Phi men have participated in Gear Up Florida. Each year, the team raises over $80,000 to benefit people with disabilities. Gear Up Florida was created with one mission in mind: to reach out to as many people as possible across the state of Florida, spreading a message of acceptance and understanding on behalf of people with disabilities. Gear Up Florida has served that mission well by creating an event that is touted as "The best two weeks of programming The Ability Experience has to offer."

Join the Adventure

2020
Applications open one year in advance to give you time to fundraise and prepare. Apply by September 30 to guarantee your spot. See details and requirements here.

Current Team

2019
Learn about this summer's event and get to know the team. Family and friends can see details for kickoff, visiting the team, and arrival here.

Partners & Volunteers

Show your support! Our events aren't possible without our incredible partners. See details for friendship visits, sponsoring a meal or lodging, or becoming a corporate sponsor here.
WE WANT YOU

CALLING ALL LEADERS

Open to men of Pi Kappa Phi – actives, associates, and alumni! Take the biggest leap on your Pi Kappa Phi journey, you’ll come away stronger than ever.

The true impact of Gear Up Florida can be felt through its programming. After riding an average of 75 miles a day, you won’t find team members napping preparing for the next day’s ride. They will be dancing at a friendship visit with a local group that supports people with disabilities, participating in a game of wheelchair basketball, performing puppet shows to educate children on the abilities of people with disabilities, and learning life lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives. This journey is a ride with a purpose and the men of Pi Kappa Phi have been dedicated to fulfilling its mission, one mile at a time, since 1997.

History
JOIN OUR TEAM

IF YOU WANT TO...

Make the most of your college or fraternity experience by getting out of your comfort zone.

Separate yourself from the pack and discovery your full potential.

Put service before self and make a difference in the world.

Find a brotherhood so unique, it will stick with your for life.

Represent your school as you explore new places.

Challenge the fraternity stereotypes and make your friends and family proud!

WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

WE'LL GET YOU READY

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.

ONE STATE

COUNTLESS MEMORIES

MIAMI – TALLAHASSEE | 14 DAYS | 800 MILES

This 800-mile cycling event kicks off on the shores of Miami, travels through the Florida orange fields, reaches the Gulf coast, passes through Orlando, comes back to the Atlantic coast and culminates at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. The team spreads a message of acceptance and understanding to communities in Florida through newspapers, radio and television, civic groups and community leaders, reaching millions of people annually.

CREW POSITIONS

WANT A MORE COMFORTABLE RIDE?

Lead the leaders. Gear Up Florida 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
ASK ANY PI ALPHA

YOU JUST HAVE TO GO FOR IT

“Now I have purpose. This experience has opened my eyes to what it really means to be a servant leader. Thank you for your support and for allowing me to really see for the first time why I chose to join Pi Kappa Phi in the first place and be a part of The Ability Experience mission on the road. This trip is much more than a 2-week journey. Gear Up Florida has provided a start to a lifetime of service to others and will allow me to carry what I have learned over the past two weeks into every endeavor I take on in the future.” – Kyle Casey, Delta Alpha (Virginia Tech)

Dates & Details
BECOME A PART OF THE

PI ALPHA SOCIETY

A brotherhood of selfless leaders committed to a lifetime of service and excellence.

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.

Learn More

ANSWER THE CALL

What are you waiting for? Apply today, refer a member, or schedule an interest call to learn more. Contact teamservices@abilityexperience.org for questions.

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