BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Holbrook, New York, March 20, 2012 – World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Tyler announced today that Capital One Financial Corporation has signed as the Presenting Sponsor for the non-profit organization’s Face of America ride. The inclusive 110-mile bicycle ride from Washington, D.C. to Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania will run this April 27-29, bringing together disabled military veterans and able-bodied riders to honor our nation’s active duty, veterans and wounded warriors.
Held annually since 2006, the two-day ride attracts nearly 500 participants from across the United States. In 2011, 93 wounded warriors participated in the ride, representing all service branches.
“World T.E.A.M. Sports is delighted to welcome Capital One as our Presenting Sponsor for our Face of America ride,” said Tyler. “We recognize their long support of military veterans and their families. It is a privilege to work with our Capital One colleagues in managing our Face of America ride, which includes military veterans and wounded warriors. Like Capital One, World T.E.A.M. Sports welcomes back our returning veterans and honors their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to our country.”
A cross-country bicycle ride in its first year in 2000, the Face of America ran two years as a 9/11 memorial ride, from Ground Zero in New York City to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Since 2006, the Face of America has followed a Washington, D.C. to Gettysburg route.
Welcoming active military, wounded warriors, veterans and civilian riders, the Face of America is an inclusive ride that allows everyone to ride the same road. For many participants, the highlight is the ride’s conclusion in Gettysburg’s historic battlefields. Here, a celebratory outdoor lunch provides an opportunity to relive the ride and remember the sacrifices of Americans who have sacrificed so much in support of our country. This year’s ride and Gettysburg conclusion will have special meaning, as the late Corp. Seamus Garrahy will be honored for his many contributions to Face of America and to World T.E.A.M. Sports.
About World T.E.A.M. Sports
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than twenty years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants. Four things always happen at our events: 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 physical activities. 3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. 4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. We change lives through sports.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.