TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Fourteen disabled veterans set out May 28 from San Francisco to cross America by bicycle, hand cycle and recumbent, learning about the country for which they stood tall to defend. Meeting Americans of all walks of life in 14 states and the District of Columbia, the team is undertaking a life-changing challenge traveling through cities large and small.
Presented by State Farm, the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports brings together veterans from all branches of military service for the nearly 4,000 mile cross-country ride. These wounded warriors participated in wars and conflicts from Vietnam to Bosnia to the Gulf War to Afghanistan and Iraq. Through their service, many of these veterans received injuries ranging from amputations to blindness to Post Traumatic Stress. Others experienced life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.
With strong corporate and private support, the team will cycle together across deserts, mountains, grasslands, cities and woodlands as they see America at 10 miles an hour. Like their forefathers who crossed the continent before the transcontinental railroad, automobiles and airplanes, these veterans will experience America minute by minute, mile by mile. They departed San Francisco on Memorial Day morning and will arrive in St. Louis in time for the cityand#8217;s Independence Day celebration, reaching the east coast of Virginia by July 28. The team will bond together, as will the thousands of Americans following the rideand#8217;s progress online at http://s2ssbikeride.org/.
The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is supported through generous sponsorships by State Farm, American Portfolios, MWV, Dominion, the Semper Fi Foundation, the USO, BNY Mellon, General Electric, GM Fleet and Commercial, Brown Shoe Company and Famous Footwear, Energizer Holdings, Altria, EnerSys, Occidental Petroleum, Magaschoni Apparel, Penske Truck Rental, Vedder Price, AR Capital, Recycle for People, the El Pomar Foundation and George Puskar.
For more information about the Sea to Shining Sea ride or to track the ridersand#8217; progress visit http://s2ssbikeride.org/. To tweet your message of support for the riders, use #S2SSbike.
About World T.E.A.M. Sports
For more than 20 years, the nonprofit World T.E.A.M. Sports has used athletics to challenge disabled and non-disabled men, women and children to accomplish goals they never thought possible. Whether mountain climbing, biking or white water rafting, four things always happen: 1. Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness; 2. The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up athletic activities; 3. The disabled provide a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see disabled individuals can reach goals and meet challenges beyond anyoneand#8217;s imagination; 4. The disabled and non-disabled participants become a team, working together to overcome those challenges. Among the successful events is the annual Face of America bicycle ride in Maryland and the Adventure TEAM Challenge in Colorado. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives.