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Wounded warriors from our nation’s military to cross the United States

World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Second Sea to Shining Sea Cross-Country Bicycle Ride powered by State Farm® starts May 28th in San Francisco

Holbrook, New York, May 7, 2012: World T.E.A.M. Sports’ CEO and President Paul Tyler announced today that the second Sea to Shining Sea Cross-Country Bicycle Ride with disabled veterans from our nation’s military will leave San Francisco on May 28 and arrive in Virginia Beach, Virginia July 28. State Farm is returning as the presenting sponsor.State Farm Logo

The ride includes 20 disabled veterans, who live with disabilities ranging from loss of limbs to Post Traumatic Stress. Veterans in the ride served America in wars from Afghanistan and Iraq to Vietnam. Participants will ride bicycles, hand cycles and recumbents on their nearly 4,000 mile cross-country journey through 14 states.

Cities in the 2012 ride include Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado Springs, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Richmond.

“Recognizing the commitment and sacrifices of these wounded warriors and veterans of our military services is important for all Americans,” said Tyler. “State Farm through their generous support shows that they care deeply about these issues.”

“State Farm is proud to again show support for the courage of these exceptional riders as they trek across the country,” says Kellie Clapper, Assistant Vice President for State Farm. “This endeavor proves disabled Americans can accomplish amazing and inspiring feats.”

Sea to Shining Sea LogoState Farm’s commitment to service men and women extends more than 65 years with a world-class military leave policy and through its support of company programs like the employee Military Affinity Group, Adopt-a-Soldier, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and now its second sponsorship of the Sea To Shining Sea cross-country bike ride.

The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is supported through additional sponsorships by 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 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.

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