Face of America Ride
Blue Hen Veterans & Friends Cycling Team
The Face of America ride is a two-day event in which riders cycle 110-miles from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA to the battlefields of Gettysburg, PA. The purpose of the ride is to honor those who have been injured while in service to the nation (e.g. military and first responders) and to raise money for adaptive sports events run by the non-profit organization, World T.E.A.M. Sports. What makes this event unique is that it is all-inclusive, meaning that able-bodied participants ride alongside those who are using adaptive equipment because of disabilities. Further, all riders with disabilities participate at no cost. The money collected through donations and sponsorship is used to cover their expenses, including travel, meals, lodging, and special equipment if needed.
For the past three years, the Blue Hen Veterans & Friends team has participated in this incredible event. This past year, we had a team of 15 riders that consisted of members of the Blue Hen Veterans, members of the UD community (ROTC, alumni) as well as friends and fellow veterans in the Delaware region who share our goal of empowering disabled military veterans and first responders through athletic endeavor. This year we set a new team fundraising record of $12,645.16 which was all given to Word T.E.A.M. Sports to cover the cost of this event and others like it that they host.
"The Face of America from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports is an inspiring weekend of bicycle and hand cycle rides that bring together civilians with retired and active military and first responder riders, including adaptive veterans and civilians from across the United States." -World T.E.A.M. Sports website
For more information, please visit the World T.E.A.M. Sports website and the Face of America website.