Journey of Hope Cyclists Returning to Olathe

On Sunday, July 19, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital, will arrive in Olathe as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

The team will spend Sunday and Monday, July 19 and 20, in the Olathe community. Mark Cameron, a generous and dedicated Push America volunteer, is helping to coordinate the team's stay in Olathe. The team will be visiting the Mahaffie Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road, at noon on July 19th. On Monday, July 20, the team will be stopping by the Children's Therapeutic Learning Center, and will be at the Kaufman Stadium for an on-field introduction Monday night!

The 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, beginning in Seattle and ending in Washington, D.C., on August 16.

Celebrating 20 plus years, the Journey of Hope teams hope to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Through team member fundraising and corporate sponsorships, the event will raise more than $500,000. All of the fund-raising for the Journey of Hope is done prior to the actual event giving the team members the opportunity to focus on raising the awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. Each cyclist raised $5,000 and each crew member raised $2,500 before the trip.

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 spend 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 raised over $12 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.

For more information about this event or more on Push America's summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at 913.393.4453 visit www.pushamerica.org.

Event Times:
Sunday, July 19
11:30 Escort - Olathe Police Department Division (Media Photo Opportunity)
Noon-Welcoming Party at the Mahaffie Heritage Center OPEN TO PUBLIC
Monday July 20
Royals Stadium
On-field introduction prior to game.