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Ability Experience plans Journey of Hope tour stop in Olathe
The City of Olathe will welcome Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity cyclists on July 16 and 17 embarking on The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek. Mayor Michael Copeland, police officers, firefighters, and members of the City’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will greet riders during a public Cyclist Arrival Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16. Community members and media are encouraged to attend this event which will be held at the Olathe Community Center (1205 E. Kansas City Rd.). The stop will feature a police escort, brief remarks, and light refreshments.
The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope is the largest fraternal fundraising and awareness event of its kind. Each year, cyclists trek across 32 states, over 12,000 miles, to raise more than $520,000 to support programs that help people with disabilities. The Transamerica route will bring approximately 18 riders to Olathe at the mid-way point of a 71-day journey from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. The Olathe Tour stop is sponsored and organized by the City of Olathe’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, which empowers, provides, supports and promotes an accessible community for all citizens through awareness, advocacy and education.
Tour Stop partners include: City of Olathe, Garmin International, Inclusion Connections, Kansas School for the Deaf, Tanaz Styles, Dub V’s Grill and Bar, Engineering Athletes, Texas Roadhouse, Beverly Wittenborn, Debbie Swinney-State Farm Insurance, and Olathe’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.