By Richard Rhinehart
Holbrook, New York, April 3, 2014: World T.E.A.M. Sports announced today that Maryland-based life insurance and annuity company Fidelity & Guaranty Life is returning for a second year as a corporate sponsor of the non-profit’s April 25-27 Face of America bicycle, hand cycle and recumbent ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg.
The 110-mile, two day ride from Virginia to Pennsylvania honors military veterans and first responders who have served their country and often sacrificed their health and well-being in the line of duty. This year’s ride will see more than 150 veterans with disabilities from the United States and Canada, the greatest number for the ride since 2003.
“It is through the support of companies such as Fidelity, Guaranty Life that we are able to continue our mission,” said World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson. “We welcome them back this year and look forward to building our relationship in the upcoming years.”
Paul Tyler, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Fidelity & Guaranty Life is thrilled that the company is sponsoring World T.E.A.M. Sports for the second year in a row. “We love the mix of able-bodied and disabled athletes and the special focus World T.E.A.M. Sports has on supporting disabled veterans,” he said. “FGL has a strong presence in the Baltimore area and we’re especially looking forward to the 95 miles of ride through the beautiful Maryland countryside.”
With an expected 560 riders from 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and three foreign countries, the Face of America ride is one of the largest commemorative bicycle rides in the capital region. Beginning as a cross-country bicycle ride in 2000, in which riders from each coast met at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the inclusive nature of the Face of America ride annually brings together riders with disabilities with those who are able-bodied.
Participating riders assist and support each other through the two days of cycling. Riders with disabilities are provided a helping hand or words of encouragement by able-bodied riders, particularly on the steeper hills of northern Maryland. On Sunday afternoon, the ride ends in historic Gettysburg, with a large outdoor lunch and celebration of the journey. For many of the participating veterans with disabilities, the ride offers an opportunity to reconnect with other veterans, eliminating feelings of isolation that many experience after departing their national service.
The 2014 Face of America Ride is supported through sponsorships from Capital One Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, Benson Botsford LLC, BODYARMOR, FootStomp.com, Deven’s Recycling, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Freshbikes, General Electric, Penske Truck Rental, Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Three Wire Systems LLC, and Vedder Price.
About Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Fidelity & Guaranty Life has been a catalyst to help Middle America plan for tomorrow for over 50 years. More than 700,000 individuals count on Fidelity & Guaranty Life to provide safety and security through annuity and life insurance products. A pioneer of fixed indexed annuities and fixed indexed universal life insurance, Fidelity & Guaranty Life continues to introduce innovative products and solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers. Working with a national network of more than 20,000 independent agents, Fidelity & Guaranty Life believes that customers should understand their options, have an easy experience, and feel great about protecting their family and their future retirement. For further information, visit Fidelity & Guaranty Life online at https://home.fglife.com/home.
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. Since 1993, 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.