BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Arlington, Virginia, September 1, 2011 – This Veteran’s Day weekend, World T.E.A.M. Sports will introduce the Face of America Texas, an inspiring new bike ride in the countryside near Fort Hood, Killeen and Copperas Cove in north central Texas that honors our nation’s wounded warriors.
Modeled on World T.E.A.M.’s successful Face of America Ride from Washington, DC to Gettysburg each April, the Face of America Texas will bring together wounded warriors from America’s armed services and hundreds of other cyclists, young and old, men and women, disabled and non-disabled, to ride together in a day of outdoor physical activity in the scenic countryside.
“Riders will enjoy a challenging 62.5 mile ride with significant climbs,” said World T.E.A.M. Sports Chief Operations Officer Van Brinson. “It’s a Texas-sized World T.E.A.M. Sports event – a metric century.” The ride begins Saturday, November 12 in Copperas Cove and wind through Fort Hood and the surrounding hilly Texas countryside.
Civilian participants will raise funds through their participation. World T.E.A.M. Sports President Paul Bremer explained that “this model allows us to cover all the expenses of the disabled vets taking part in the ride.” The weekend’s events begin with a festive dinner on November 11 in Killeen honoring our nation’s military and conclude with an outdoor barbeque with live entertainment the following day.
Registration for the Face of America Texas is currently active online at the World T.E.A.M. Sports event website.
For more than 20 years, 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. At all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – 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 anyone’s imagination; (4) The disabled and non-disabled participants become a team, working together to overcome those challenges.