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Cross-Country Sea to Shining Sea Ride Welcomes Dominion as Sponsor

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, May 16, 2012: World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Tyler announced today that The Dominion Foundation and Dominion Virginia Power have joined as a sponsor of the second Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride with wounded warriors from America’s military.

Dominion is providing $50,000 for this year’s ride, which leaves San Francisco on May 28 and arrives in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 28. The ride includes 20 disabled veterans from all services, who will ride bicycles, hand cycles and recumbents on their nearly 4,000 mile cross-country journey through 14 states. Cities included in the 2012 ride include Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado Springs, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Richmond.

“We are proud to employ veterans in our work force,” said Virginia M. Board, president of The Dominion Foundation and managing director of community affairs for Dominion Resources. “And we appreciate how this cross-country ride highlights the determined spirit of our nation’s wounded warriors.”

The grant is being made through The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.

Dominion Logo“We welcome Dominion as a sponsor of our Sea to Shining Sea ride,” said Tyler. “Their support has enabled a group of proud wounded warriors to see the country they so valiantly defended.”

Participants of the Sea to Shining Sea ride include veterans who live with disabilities ranging from loss of limbs to blindness to Post Traumatic Stress. Veterans in the ride served America in wars from Afghanistan and Iraq to Vietnam.

The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is supported through 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, AR Capital, Vedder Price, the El Pomar Foundation, Recycle for People, and George Puskar.

For further information about the Sea to Shining Sea ride, visit the official ride website.

About Dominion
The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website. Follow Dominion Virginia Power on Twitter . ‘Like’ Dominion on Facebook.

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 20 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.

Dominion Virginia Power media contact:
Daisy Pridgen, (804) 771-6115, Daisy.Pridgen@dom.com