Gear Up Florida


The arrival weekend is scheduled for May 30, 2020. The Gear Up Florida arrival weekend celebrates cycling and service across the state of Florida. Whether you are a team member, parent, friend or just a bystander, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement that surrounds this weekend. This weekend is not just an end to an incredible trek; it is the start of an ongoing journey that will forever change a Gear Up Florida team member’s life. Over the course of the two weeks, Gear Up Florida team members have experienced joy, pain, exhaustion and a deeper understanding for people with disabilities. We hope that you will join us in our celebration.

The arrival will take place on the east side of the Florida State Capitol building at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Please arrive around 2:30 p.m. as the team will be arriving at 3:00 p.m. sharp! Plan on wearing shorts and lots of sunscreen! It is traditionally very warm that day, so please be prepared.

Hotel Reservations 
The Gear Up Florida host hotel will be the DoubleTree Hilton (101 S. Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301). We have arranged for a special rate of $119 per night. You can make an online reservation (link coming soon), or call the DoubleTree Hotel at 1 (877) 800-2652 (reference group code GU2 or mention Gear Up Florida Parent Block). The cutoff date for this group rate is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 

**Parents do not need to make reservations for team members on the evening of May 30, 2020. The Ability Experience will make these reservations. 

Awards Reception

An awards reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the Gear Up Florida team will be held at Andrews Bar & Grill (228 S. Adams Street) on the evening of Saturday, May 30. A social hour will precede the awards reception and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The awards reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. The attire for the evening is business casual, and we are expecting over 75 family, friends and Pi Kappa Phis to be in attendance. Cost for this event will be $35 per guest.

Reception Reservations
To make your reception reservations, you will need to do the following:

Reserve your hotel room (not your team member’s) with the host hotel: DoubleTree Hotel Reservations

Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Gear Up Florida Awards Reception. The deadline to register in advance is Wednesday, May 27, 2020. On-site registration will be available at a higher price.

For questions regarding the Gear Up Florida arrival, please contact Chelsea Ball at (980) 318-5395.