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Capital One Bank Presenting Sponsor for 2016 Face of America Ride

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, February 19, 2016 – Virginia-based Capital One Bank is returning this April 22-24 as presenting sponsor for national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inclusive Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride honoring injured military veterans.

Capital One Team 2015 Face of America

The 2015 Capital One Team at the Face of America. Photograph by Van Brinson.

The annual non-competitive ride is anticipated to attract 650 military and civilian participants, including 160 injured athletes from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Western Europe. Riders will select from two routes this April, the classic 110 mile, two-day route from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the new 120-mile, two-day northern route from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

“Capital One values the service of veterans and their family members,” said Karl Werwath, Managing Vice President, Commercial Banking, Capital One. “As a longstanding supporter of our military, we are proud to once again partner with World T.E.A.M. Sports to honor the sacrifices of our service men and women and support the Face of America ride.”

Injured veterans 2015 Face of America.

The 2015 Face of America ride included more than 130 injured veterans. In 2016, 160 veterans are anticipated. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph.

Held annually since 2006, Face of America offers an opportunity for participating riders to supportively work together to overcome challenges. With able-bodied athletes riding alongside adaptive athletes, the long journey over city streets, scenic country lanes and historic highways allows all athletes to overcome barriers and to work together as teams.

Participating injured athletes include veterans and civilians with amputations, paralysis, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, blindness, and loss of hearing. For these athletes, the ride provides an opportunity to meet other adaptive athletes and create strong supportive networks. Each year, Face of America includes athletes who are returning for their second, third or greater ride, along with first-time athletes, many of whom have not previously ridden long distances.

Serving as presenting sponsor for Face of America since 2012, Capital One Bank also hosts one of the event’s largest participating teams. Colleagues from throughout the mid-Atlantic region join together in support of the ride, with many riding bicycles with the active duty military, injured veterans and civilians and others serving as volunteers.

An able-bodied rider provides assistance in 2015.

Able-bodied riders often provide assistance to injured veterans at Face of America. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph.

World T.E.A.M. Sports is proud to once again partner with Capital One Bank in presenting the Face of America,” said Van Brinson, CEO and President. “This ride has become a signature event for our organization and we look forward to it every year. Having a sponsor such as Capital One return each year allows us to continue our mission of ‘Changing Lives through Sports’ and we appreciate their support.”

Presented by Capital One Bank, Face of America is supported through sponsorship from American Portfolios Financial Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, Benson Botsford LLC, Brioni, Devens Recycling Center, Freshbikes, Penske Truck Rental, Sila Solutions Group, SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Three Wire Systems, Vedder Price, and Veteran Corps of America. Additional sponsorship support is forthcoming.

About Capital One Bank
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.

A giant flag at Gettysburg Links.

A giant flag greeted Face of America riders at the Gettysburg Links in 2015. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph.