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Courageous Team of Disabled Veterans near Conclusion of Cross-Country Bicycle Ride

Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 26, 2012: From a foggy Memorial Day crossing of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, 14 veterans with disabilities have ridden across America by bicycle, hand cycle and recumbent. Through snow showers and cold in Nevada to blistering heat in Kansas and Missouri to rain in Pennsylvania and Maryland, these veterans have ridden more than 3,500 miles in two months. On July 28, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this courageous team will reach the Atlantic Ocean and their journey’s conclusion.

Sea to Shining Sea Riders in Utah

Veteran team members ride the lonesome highways of western Utah. Photograph by Parker Feierbach.

Presented by State Farm, the Sea to Shining Sea ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports brings together disabled veterans from all branches of the military. Participants in wars and conflicts from Vietnam to Panama to Afghanistan and Iraq, the team has met and greeted Americans in 14 states and the District of Columbia. They have shared home-cooked meals, visited area attractions and joined with other veterans in learning about the nation and the people they defended in their service.

Through their service to the nation, many of these veterans sustained injuries ranging from amputations to blindness to Post Traumatic Stress. Other team members battled life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. For each, the crossing of America at ten miles an hour has been a life-changing experience that will stay with them for the remainder of their lives.

On Saturday, July 28, the team rides to the Virginia Beach boardwalk, dip their front wheels into the Atlantic, and complete a bicycle journey across America. They’ll be joined by family, friends and the public who will celebrate their remarkable accomplishment.

The 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, AR Capital, Vedder Price, the El Pomar Foundation and George Puskar.

Riders in Vincennes Indiana

Riders pass through Vincennes, Indiana on their way east. Photograph by Michael Sanders.

For further information about the Sea to Shining Sea ride, review media reports, videos and images, visit the official ride website.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports
For more than 20 years, the non-profit 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. 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.

 

Richmond Executive Mansion

Group photograph at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond. Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Paul Galanti and State Senator Walter Stosch hosted the reception. Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer.