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Journey of Hope cyclists make stop in Santa Clarita

Posted: June 7, 2010 5:00 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2010 1:17 p.m.

A team of cyclists participating in Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital, will arrive in Santa Clarita as a stop on their 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities Sunday, June 20.

The team will be having lunch at 12 p.m. at Subway, 26888 The Old Rd., Stevenson Ranch 91381.

Omar Espinoza and Michael Hervey, two California residents and students at UC Berkeley, are cyclists on this event. Also on the team are Brent Freeman of Los Alamitos, student at California State Long Beach, and Troy Hoffman of Rancho Cucamonga.

Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, a total of 4,000 miles, beginning in Seattle (June 9) and San Francisco (June 13) and ending in Washington, D.C. on August 14.

For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding. The Journey of Hope team members will have spent every afternoon with people with disabilities in many different community events and activities. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest.

Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year’s Journey of Hope will raise more than $500,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have fundraised over $13 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.


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