BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Holbrook, New York, January 18, 2013 – World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America bicycle ride from the Pentagon at Arlington to the battlefields of Gettysburg announced today that the non-profit organization will welcome a talented chorus group from Baltimore for a special April 26 performance.
The Children’s Chorus of Maryland will open the organization’s annual Face of America banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City with a selection of patriotic songs, concluding in the National Anthem. The Face of America ride beginning the following morning honors veterans with disabilities through an inclusive two-day, 110-mile bicycle ride. It is anticipated that 500 persons will participate, including nearly 100 disabled veterans.
A non-profit organization that empowers musical children and promotes the fine art of music by providing music literacy, the Children’s Chorus regularly performs in world-class venues such as the White House and Carnegie Hall, in collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Annapolis Opera Company and many others, and on tour to such places as Canada, Hawaii, Disney World, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.
The Chorus achieves its mission in a music education and performance program dedicated to excellence, aesthetic sensitivity, play-based learning, respect, and diversity. Funding for the non-profit organization is through private donations, along with support from corporations and organizations such as Albert Kirchmayr, Allstate Leasing, John Hancock Company, Target, the Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore Community Foundation, the United States Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The entire World T.E.A.M. Sports team thanks the Children’s Chorus of Maryland for kicking-off our event,” said the organization’s CEO and President Paul Tyler. “It will create a memorable night for both able-bodied and disabled riders and set a great tone for the two days we will spend together on the road.”
“The Children’s Chorus of Maryland is delighted to be part of this important and worthy event. We know it will be a meaningful and inspiring experience for our young musicians,” said Jackie Henderson, the Children’s Chorus’s Executive Director.
Registration for participating riders and teams for the Face of America is currently underway online.
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. 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; and (4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.