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Face of America

We All Ride the Same Road in April, 2015

Team Navy Col Gadson Finish 2013

Col. Gregory Gadson and Team Navy enter Pennsylvania en route to Gettysburg, 2013. Photograph by Kimberly Warpinski.

It’s one of the largest annual non-competitive bicycle rides in the Washington, D.C. region. With nearly 600 riders, including more than 130 injured veterans, World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ April 2015 Face of America ride will travel 110 miles from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Presented by Capital One Bank, N.A., the Face of America honors the men and women who were wounded or disabled while in service to their nation. Participants include many disabled veterans, along with currently active military and retired military. Active duty service and emergency response men and women also join hundreds of able-bodied citizens who ride together.

Riding through Frederick, Maryland

Face of America riders pass through Frederick, Maryland on the early morning of April 28, 2013. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

World T.E.A.M. Sports has been organizing Face of America Rides for more than a decade. The inaugural Face of America in 2000 saw two teams of cross-country cyclists meet in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, the ride honored the victims of the September, 2001 attacks on America. More than 1,000 participants rode from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in 2002; the following year, more than 600 riders completed the journey. Since 2006, the Face of America has honored injured veterans with rides between the nation’s capital and the battlefields of Gettysburg. The New England Cable Network produced a ride documentary in 2006, The Long Journey Home. With more than 400 riders participating in the 2011 ride, regional and national media followed the riders, including coverage by FOX News, Maryland Public Television and The Pentagon Channel. The following three years, annual participants increased to more than 500, with a quarter of all participants each year being injured veterans. As in previous years, these injured veterans were accompanied by active and retired military members, first responders and civilians.

FACE OF AMERICA 2015

For 13 years, thousands of Americans and riders from throughout the world have participated in the Face of America ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. From its launch as a cross-country ride in the summer of 2000, through two years of serving as the official 9/11 commemorative ride from Ground Zero in New York to Washington, to the current Washington to Gettysburg route, the Face of America ride has brought together civilians, active duty military, first responders and adaptive veterans in an inclusive bicycle ride. In April 2015, the Face of America bicycle ride returns.

Face of America 2014 LogoIn 2015, participants will be encouraged to select their challenge. Our classic, fully-supported two-day ride from the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will be the most popular, but riders may choose instead to accept the challenge of one or both of our one day metric century loop rides beginning and ending in Gettysburg. Each of these courses bring unique opportunities to honor America’s servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured, as they set and achieve new goals.

Created by World T.E.A.M Sports, and presented by Capital One Bank, N.A., the April 2015 Face of America is more than just a bike ride. It is an opportunity to share stories and build camaraderie with 600 participants while honoring America’s disabled veterans and the American spirit. With many returning riders each year, all categories of registration is expected to close by early April. Online registration for the 2015 Face of America ride will open in December, 2014.

Military veterans with disabilities will pay no fees to participate. All other participants pay a minimal registration fee and need to meet or exceed minimum fundraising goals. All funds raised by riders will pay the costs for those participants with disabilities, along with event costs. Any remaining funds are applied to support upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports events across the United States.

Planning on riding? Explore helpful training tips for riders from USA Cycling certified coach Bob Hillery. Learn about proper fitting of bikes to avoid back pain by Dr. Erik A. Ward of the NOVA Pain & Rehab Center.

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SUPPORT FOR THE FACE OF AMERICA RIDES

Eric Frazier

Eric Frazier on his hand cycle. Photograph by Van Brinson.

“For most people, the road to recovery starts when they enter a rehabilitation hospital. But for me, the recovery process started in March 2007 when I left my final rehabilitation hospital and joined a team called World T.E.A.M. Sports. That’s when I accepted the challenge of riding the Face of America Ride–my very first ride and a ride that changed my life! As I look back to the harsh reality five years ago knowing I would never walk again, I am extremely humble and grateful that the Lord put World T.E.A.M. Sports in my life to be able to give me challenges that would in the most positive way alter my quality of life.”

- Eric Frazier, US Marine Corps., Face of America participant and candidate for Paralympics Biathlon

World T.E.A.M. Sports puts a focus on bringing together disabled and able-bodied athletes, forming a team to accomplish a goal. At World T.E.A.M. Sports, everybody comes together as a team, the disabled may help the able-bodied just as the able-bodied may help the disabled. There’s no stigma attached to being disabled at World T.E.A.M. Sports. It’s a team spirit.”

- Josh Sharpe, Face of America participant, Retired, US Navy

Gina Utegg

Gina Utegg at the Malibu Triathlon. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph.

“For many, the Face of America may be the first challenge they face post a war, or a life trauma. This ride is special to me, as it was one of my very first experiences with my disability community post a disabling accident. I had a fear of doing it for many years: an irrational fear. So many of my doctors and neurologists were telling me all that I could not do, and it took an introduction to recumbent triking, then biking to give me an important part of my life back. With medical supervision, safety and a real lot of practice, I went from an overweight disabled couch potato to a formidable disabled athlete. I am very proud of that and humbled by what I have seen, heard, and been through along the way. My words seem too small to express how grateful I am for The Face of America ride and to World T.E.A.M. Sports. This disabled-cancer survivor’s life has truly been transformed.”

- Gina Utegg, Face of America participant, Winner of the 2011 Nautica Malibu ParaTriathlon Women’s Division, and recipient of the 2011 Paul Mitchell Award.

“It was in October 2006 I was seriously wounded in a complex ambush while serving in Iraq. After years of regaining my independence and confidence, I was asked to participate in the Face of America bike ride. I reluctantly agreed, questioning my own abilities. On the day of the ride, I was overcome with a great sense of pride and honor as I rode alongside my brothers and sisters in arms.”

- SSG Christopher Villalobos, Face of America participant.

Bill Czyzewski

Bill Czyzewski on his hand cycle. Photograph courtesy Bill Czyzewski.

“This was my first hand-bike run in my life and I enjoyed it immensely, even in all the rain. It was said at the ‘Farm’ that if anybody wanted to know what America was about they should be at the ‘Farm.’ I say if you want to know what America is about, you should be on this bike ride and talk to these heroes. To me, my ride was life changing.”

- Bill Czyzewski, Vietnam Veteran, Face of America 2011-2014, and Sea to Shining Sea 2012 participant.

“I was truly inspired by the ride. Changing me fundamentally as a person is the best way I can sum it up. As I reflect upon the Face of America bike ride, I have seen what it means to be less ME and more US and it is an experience I will never forget. I met many people on that ride that exemplify what courage really is and it is those people that will inspire me to better than I did before.”

- Robert Knox, GE Healthcare, Face of America rider.

Mike Brickert

Mike Brickert. Photograph courtesy Mike Brickert.

“When Mike saw the ride from DC to Gettysburg, he was intrigued. One day, he said he wanted to do it to meet and support other wounded warriors. Since I ride with Mike, except in marathons where only hand cycles are allowed, I am going to make this journey as well. Riding is a mutual passion for us – that is a good thing! I am so excited to do this ride with Mike to support our veterans and meet some incredible people. We both love our country and are so proud of our men and women who have served and given more than just their time to this great nation. We will be coming from Montana to take our place among heroes and supporters in a great ride. We will be there, heart, mind, body and soul! We are ready!”

- Diane and Michael Brickert; Face of America 2012 participants. Michael is a Navy, Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve veteran and retired Washington state law enforcement officer.

FACE OF AMERICA SPONSORS

Capital One Bank

Capital One Bank LogoPresenting Sponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012. Capital One Financial Corporation is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.5 billion in deposits and $312.9 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. 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.

American Portfolios

American Portfolios Anniversary LogoSponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is a full-service broker/dealer and registered FINRA/SIPC member firm, whose primary mission is to provide the best business solutions, support and services that its financial professionals require to achieve financial freedom for their clients. The firm currently has more than 800 independent investment professionals located in over 360 branch locations throughout the nation. APFS has created a decidedly competitive presence in the industry as one of the top 50 independent broker/dealers in the country. The firm offers a full range of: 1) non-proprietary investment products, 2) personal services such as insurance planning, retirement, estate and college planning, 3) full service securities brokerage through its clearing relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm and 4) fee based asset management services through parent company subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc. (APA), an SEC registered investment advisor.

Benson Botsford LLC

Benson Botsford LLCSponsor – 2014. Benson Botsford, LLC is a privately-owned and managed financial services investment company. Founded in 2010, the company has offices in Southborough, Massachusetts and in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

BODYARMOR

BODYARMOR logoSponsor – 2014. BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink that is packed with electrolytes, vitamins, and coconut water! BODYARMOR has twice the electrolytes of Gatorade, more potassium than a banana, 100% RDI of antioxidant vitamins A, C & E, 200% RDI of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12! BODYARMOR does not have a boatload of sodium or the high fructose corn syrup that Gatorade has.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton LogoSponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for nearly a century. Today, the firm provides services primarily to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen offers clients deep functional knowledge spanning strategy and organization, engineering and operations, technology, and analytics—which it combines with specialized expertise in clients’ mission and domain areas to help solve their toughest problems. Learn more online.

Devens Recycling

Devens Reycling Center LogoSponsor – 2014. At Devens Recycling Center, we are striving for 100% waste diversion. Preserving tomorrow’s environment drives our every action. Everyday emerging technologies and companies are developing ways to utilize construction and demolition material. Whether it is to convert these commodities into renewable energy or making new products out of debris that would have been land filled only yesterday, we are committed to finding alternative uses for all the material we receive. On the one hand, we partner with the construction and demolition firms, the waste haulers and debris producers to provide them with a processing center where they can trust that the material they generate will be handled in professional and environmentally conscientious manner. On the other hand, we partner with innovative companies who utilize our commodities to create new products or develop alternative energy thus alleviating our dependence on foreign oil. We deeply care about our environment, and want to be a leader in the waste industry always moving forward to a cleaner, safer world.

Fidelity & Guaranty Life

FGL Logo Sponsor – 2014, 2013. Fidelity & Guaranty Life has been a catalyst to help Middle America plan for tomorrow for over 50 years. More than 735,000 individuals count on F&G to provide safety and security through annuity and life insurance products. A pioneer of fixed indexed annuities and fixed indexed universal life insurance, F&G continues to introduce innovative products and solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers. Working with a national network of more than 25,000 independent agents, F&G believes that customers should understand their options, have an easy experience, and feel great about protecting their family and their future retirement.

FootStomp.com

FootStomp.com LogoSponsor – 2014. FootStomp.com is the social network representing the Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP). Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, FootStomp.com is a tool to reach Wounded, Ill, and Injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and caregivers in order to encourage their participation in military adaptive sports. MASP provides recreational activities and athletic opportunities to Recovering Service Members and Veterans to enhance and improve their quality of life during recovery. FootStomp.com is the place to connect with other Warrior Athletes, coaches, advocates and fans, as well as find out about clinics, camps, and sporting events in your area. Accessible via desktop or mobile, FootStomp.com contains photos, videos, articles, blogs, success stories, information about adaptive sports equipment and much more. Membership on FootStomp.com is always free and we are proud to advocate for those that are currently serving or have served our country.

Freshbikes

FB Horz Logos Black_368Sponsor – 2014. Freshbikes is the premier bike shop concept in the greater Washington D.C. area. Locations in Arlington VA, Fairfax VA, and Bethesda MD offer a unique, large scale boutique cycling experience. Our Northern Virginia location serves as the hub for our stores which are strategically placed throughout this incredible area. Our selection, service, and expertise is unrivaled among the best bike shops globally. With many of today’s top brands on display and more importantly in-stock, Freshbikes is the go-to cycling destination for any performance minded cyclist.

General Electric

General Electric LogoSponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. GE is honored to have over 10,000 U.S. military veterans continue their careers with the company and recently set a goal of hiring 1,000 veterans each year for the next five years. Through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, GE has hired over 1,000 veterans in 2012 and has supported over thirty Hiring Our Heroes transition workshops, coaching over 2,000 veterans. Also in 2012, GE joined with business, digital, academic and not-for-profit partners to launch the Get Skills to Work coalition that aims to train 100,000 military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness. GE was ranked in the top ten Most Friendly Military Employers by G.I. Jobs in 2012 and is an active member of and donor to several leading national military and veteran support organizations, such as Disabled American Veterans, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Medal of Honor Foundation, among others. To learn more visit us online.

GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. Learn more at GE online.

Penske Truck Rental

Penske LogoSponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. With more than 200,000 maintained trucks and more than 1,000 locations nationwide, Penske partners with you to meet your changing business demands and keep your company growing. We work closely with you to address your toughest challenges and create opportunities for your company. Our search for leading-edge solutions includes everything from implementing productivity-driven technology to defining optimum fleet performance strategies. Individual Penske locations actively support neighborhood charities. Our associates contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to the United Way, and when multiple hurricanes struck Florida and the Gulf Coast, we were there with trucks and fuel for emergency response teams. Move ahead with Penske Truck Rental.

SUBWAY® of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Subway of Walter ReedSponsor – 2014, 2013 and 2012. With a mixture of fresh ingredients, a whole lot of customer service, and a dash of innovation, the SUBWAY® brand continues to be the leader of providing nutritious and delicious sandwiches the whole family will love. SUBWAY® of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is committed to providing a wide range of great tasting, healthier food choices while reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we serve. We know that it takes more than just good food to nourish a strong people and build a vibrant community. It starts with taking care of people, the heart and soul of the SUBWAY® experience. We value the cultural richness and breadth of ideas resulting from the diversity that is fostered in who we are and what we do. We are dedicated to building strong business relationships through open communication, respect and with each other as well as by serving our customers and our neighborhoods; much like we do within our own families. We draw on the strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion that exists throughout our organization to help shape and grow our business. We strive to and create opportunities for people within the communities in which serve. We continually challenge each other to succeed through teamwork, against shared goals & benchmarks, and to be accountable for our actions. We take great pride in our business and are committed to being good global citizens; to encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and to making a difference where we live and work.

Three Wire Systems LLC

Three Wire Systems LogoSponsor – 2014. Three Wire Systems LLC – a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business – is a dynamic and multifaceted IT consulting and solutions firm founded in 2006. We are the leader in eliminating wasteful spend through disruptive technologies. Particular areas of focus include reduced telecommunication spend, effective IT asset management, identification of un-deployed/underutilized software assets, and reduced power consumption. Three Wire’s VetAdvisor® is the nation’s expert in veteran-centric holistic care, providing proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. For more information on our IT, health IT, and veteran coaching offerings and community support initiatives, visit www.threewiresys.com or www.myvetadvisor.com.

Vedder Price

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Sponsor – 2014. Vedder Price is a general practice law firm with a proud tradition of maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and enjoys a world-class reputation in key practice areas. We represent clients of all sizes in virtually every industry with a responsive, results-oriented and cost-effective approach. With approximately 300 attorneys and growing, we serve clients from our offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London and San Francisco.

Veteran Corps of America

Veterans Corps LogoSponsor – 2014, 2012. The Veteran Corps of America is a premier provider of high quality Information Technology, Homeland Security and Office-related services and products. Our mission is to meet and exceed expectations, achieve exceptional customer satisfaction, improve and expand our capabilities and support military service and service disabled veterans. “We Are Veteran Enabled” is more than a company slogan; it guides us in our daily work ethic. The mission of the Veteran Corps of America is absolute dedication to exceeding the needs of our customers through intelligent, proactive customer service and commitment to excellence in all of our partnerships. The Veteran Corps of America was founded on a family legacy that includes six year Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler (1964-1970) and more than a dozen other decorated military veterans who served the United States in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. We support, and encourage others to support, organizations that value the ongoing service and sacrifice of military veterans and their families.

Revolution Cycles

Revolution Cycles LogoSponsor – 2013 and 2012. Revolution Cycles provides technical support for the Face of America ride, helping participants along the road from Arlington to Gettysburg. Established in 1997, Revolution Cycles has five locations in the Washington area – Georgetown, Clarendon, Rockville, Stafford and City Hub in Crystal City. Revolution Cycles is a unique bike shop that focuses on customer service and satisfaction, serving all cyclists from casual beginners to experienced enthusiasts. At Revolution Cycles, we’re changing the way that bike shops operate.

Road ID

Sponsor – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Be Safe with Road ID. World T.E.A.M. Sports has joined with Road ID for a special promotional program that will provide a portion of the proceeds from sales through World T.E.A.M. Sports to support upcoming WTS events and participating athletes who are disabled.Road ID Logo

WTS FIXX ID

The Road FIXX ID tags can be ordered with the World T.E.A.M. Sports logo.

Road ID is the creator of innovative ID bracelets and dog tags that are perfect for participants in sporting events. Durable and comfortable, the bracelets and the tags provide critical information about the wearer in case of a medical emergency, including name, phone number, and contact information. By wearing the bracelet or the tags in an event, you’ll be assured that even if you are unable to talk during an emergency, you’ll be able to provide critical information to medical authorities.

Exceptionally cost-effective, the Road ID bracelets and dog tags can be ordered online through their secure website. By placing your order through World T.E.A.M. Sports, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization and its participants.

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MOBILE MESSAGING DURING THE RIDE

Recognizing that emergency situations happen during a ride that covers 110 miles over two days, World T.E.A.M. Sports will again offer an optional mobile messaging service for participants in 2015. This service allows for nearly instant communication from ride leadership by cell phone messaging during the ride itself. The mobile messaging service will also be used during the ride for any important scheduling updates or changes. There are no fees associated with this service other than the usual messaging fees that may apply from your cellular phone company.

SPONSOR A FACE OF AMERICA 2015 PARTICIPANT

Help support a participating Face of America athlete by donating today using your VISA, MasterCard or American Express card. Starting in December 2014, our convenient participant search page will bring you direct to personal event fundraising pages, as well as team pages. Funds raised through donations support our events and disabled athletes participating in our events.

PREVIOUS FACE OF AMERICA INFORMATION

Explore our Past Events Media Coverage and Photo Galleries.

Visit our 2011 Face of America event page.

Visit our 2014 event page. The 2014 event page includes ride logistics, including accommodations, bike rentals, schedule and associated fees.

Face of America 2013

Team Booz Allen Hamilton preview the 2013 Face of America ride.

Ambassador Paul Bremer talks about the Face of America ride.

World T.E.A.M. Sports Board Member Lon Dolber talks about the Face of America ride.

Concluding ceremony at the 2012 Face of America ride.

Face of America 2011 – “A Renewed Spirit” from Maryland Public Television’s Outdoors Maryland

Spring time riding.

Spring time riding during the 2013 Face of America ride, Maryland. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.


Riders arrive in Gettysburg, 2013

Riders arrive in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2013. Photograph by Kimberly Warpinski.