Face of America Gettysburg
This April, we All Ride the Same Road
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America is one of the largest non-competitive bicycle and hand cycle rides in the mid-Atlantic region. With an anticipated 750 riders, including nearly 180 adaptive military veterans, our April 28-30 ride will inspire participants, spectators and supporters.
In 2017, Face of America will offer two distinctive routes for participants. Riders selecting our classic route will travel 110 miles from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia through suburban Washington and the rolling western Maryland countryside to the historic Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Overnight is in Frederick, Maryland. Riders on our northern route will travel 120 miles from the quiet woodlands of George Washington’s Revolutionary War camp at Valley Forge across rural southern Pennsylvania to Gettysburg. Overnight is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Both routes will join together in Gettysburg for the final miles to the finish at the AllStar Expo Complex at the Eisenhower Hotel.
Since 2006, Face of America has honored the exceptional men and women who have been wounded or disabled while in military service to their nation. Participants include adaptive veterans from across the United States and Canada, along with currently active military and retired military from all service branches. Active duty service and emergency response men and women also join hundreds of able-bodied citizens who ride to Gettysburg together.
National nonprofit World T.E.A.M. Sports has been organizing and managing Face of America bicycle rides for more than a decade. Our inaugural Face of America in 2000 saw two teams of cyclists begin from each coast and meet under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, our ride honored the civilian and military 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 September, 2002. The following September, more than 600 riders completed this three-day journey. Since 2006, the Face of America has honored injured and disabled military veterans from wars and conflicts worldwide with inclusive rides between the capital in Washington and the Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg. Growing from fewer than 100 riders in 2006, participation has increased each year, to more than 400 riders in 2011 and nearly 600 in 2014. By 2016, the event expanded, adding a second route from Valley Forge. This new route will help Face of America grow in 2017 to more than 750 participating athletes.
Regional and national media have followed the ride for the last decade, including coverage by FOX News, New England Sports Network, Maryland Public Television and The Pentagon Channel. Local media from Philadelphia to Washington to Frederick and Gettysburg also cover Face of America each year.
FACE OF AMERICA 2017
For 14 years, thousands of Americans and athletes from throughout the world have cycled together in Face of America. Annually, this inclusive ride has joined civilians, active duty military, first responders and adaptive military veterans of all ages and backgrounds. The supportive nature of this challenging ride brings together participants of all ages and creates lasting friendships and social networks.
Participants can select their route for the April 28-30, 2017 Face of America. Our classic, fully-supported two-day route from the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania regularly attracts 500 or more riders, but athletes may alternately choose our northern route, limited to fewer than 300. Debuting in 2016, this fully-supported, two-day route begins at historic Valley Forge, near General Washington’s Revolutionary War winter camps and ends in Gettysburg. Each route provides opportunities to honor and get to know adaptive servicemen and women as they set and achieve new life goals.
Online participant registration will open in early November 2016. Adaptive athletes will first complete an online ride application starting in October 2016 prior to registering. Selected athletes with disabilities will be invited to register for the ride beginning in January 2017.
Invited military veterans, first responders and civilians with disabilities will receive free lodging and meals at Face of America. First-time athletes with disabilities and their caregivers are eligible for complimentary air and ground transportation from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Participants from all other categories will pay a small registration fee and then must meet or exceed minimum fundraising goals. Funds raised by participating riders and volunteers will pay the costs for those participants with disabilities, along with event costs. Any remaining funds will support upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports events across the United States.
FACE OF AMERICA RIDING ADVICE AND TRAINING
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. Cycling coach and trainer Todd Parker offers training tips for Face of America athletes.
FACE OF AMERICA 2017 SILENT AUCTION
World T.E.A.M. Sports is seeking quality donated silent auction items for our Face of America 2017 Gala Dinner in Arlington on April 28, 2017. Valued items are needed, such as sporting event tickets, airlines miles, original artwork, signed copies of books and/or dinner with the author, dinner for two at a popular, hard-to-get reservations restaurant/meet the chef, time shares, vintage wines, craft beer subscription/private tour of a microbrewery, private tours of businesses, museums or historical sites, signed memorabilia, golf clubs, bespoked suits, technology (Apple Watches, Kindles, Go-Pros, Drones), hand bags, jewelry, gift baskets, and of course, bicycles and cycling accessories.
Please contact World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Director of Advancement, Sarah Bell, with your suggestions and offers. Offers for donations will be reviewed by the World T.E.A.M. Sports silent auction committee and, if they meet our acceptance guidelines, we will arrange for their delivery to the host hotel in Arlington.
SUPPORT FOR THE FACE OF AMERICA RIDES
“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
“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.
“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.
“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 AND PARTNERS
Presenting Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016. Boost Oxygen is a Bridgeport, Connecticut-based company that is bringing 95 percent pure oxygen to the market in personal and portable containers. Boost Oxygen is a Made in the USA product that is providing a variety of consumers with the health and performance benefits of oxygen. Everyday athletes are using Boost Oxygen in order to support intense physical activity; including professional teams and athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, and the Arena Football League. An extremely popular product for altitude acclimation, Boost is a must-have product while visiting regions at-altitude in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and California. Boost Oxygen is available nationwide at Sports Authority and regionally with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Vail Resorts Retail, Christy Sports, MC Sports, Scheels All Sports, Total Hockey and Perani’s Hockey World. Visit www.BoostOxygen.com for more information or to order directly. Post your Boost experiences to Twitter (@BoostO2 – #BoostOxygen), Instagram (#boostoxygen) or to our Facebook page. Boost supports MVPVets – the mission of MVPVets is to assist with re-careering for thousands of transitioning military veterans in order to help prepare them for meaningful employment in the life sciences (www.mvpvets.org).
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for more than a century, advancing military medicine, accelerating the pace of research, and enabling wellness, treatment and recovery for our nation’s service members and veterans. Whether it’s transforming medical operations to deliver highly reliable, efficient and effective care or enabling breakthrough treatments, Booz Allen experts in medical research, public health, clinical care transformation, health communications, neuroscience and analytics help our partners be ready for what’s next. Proudly serving our clients in the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Military Health System, Booz Allen’s dedicated teams identify ways to become more efficient and effective, while improving the readiness, healthcare quality, outcomes and access to care for military personnel and their families, including wounded warriors. Learn more online.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 2014. Founded in Rome in 1945, Brioni is recognized as the most prestigious Italian luxury clothier for men, an authority in the elegant male. Brioni designs, develops and produces unique garment collections and ready-to-wear tailoring, leather products (handbags, small leather goods), shoes, eye wear and fragrances. Throughout its history, Brioni was, and still is a point of reference for entertainment, institutions and business communities, in Italy and abroad, appreciated by loyal customers.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016. Punch’d Energy is a new-to-market portable personal energy product company based in Livermore, California. The company’s first product is a natural caffeine energy gummie. Each Punch’d gummie has 10mg of natural green coffee bean caffeine: 4 gummies is equivalent to a half of a cup of coffee, 8 gummies is equal to an espresso. Punch’d gummies were born to knock out the current high sugar, high calorie energy drinks, shots and sodas. They’re good for everyone – first responders, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, college students, productive employees, on-the-go parents, travelers, coffee drinkers, and every person that seeks an extra edge. Punch’d Energy delivers a convenient, natural and organic product in small package with an easy to read ingredients label. With great pride, we are sourced and made in the USA. Punch’d Energy is now available at Amazon.com and also at PunchdEnergy.com. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Snapchat (#PunchdEnergy, #PunchdGummies, #PunchdPower). Participants of the 2016 Face of America event can order with a discount! Visit our PunchdEnergy.com and use the discount code “TeamUSA”.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015. Sila Solutions Group is an IT and Management consulting firm founded on the idea that quality talent and interesting work can co-exist. With a growing national footprint across Fortune 500 companies and Federal organizations, we solve strategic business problems within the largest and most complex environments. Our top tier, multitalented IT and Management Consultants tackle these challenges through niche expertise in information security, data management, and enterprise architecture and solutions, and we integrate our expertise against an ever-evolving technology landscape in order to empower businesses to operate securely and efficiently today and tomorrow. Our continued success is a result of the passion and ingenuity of our people who seek to positively impact our clients and our communities. We are honored and excited to channel this passion through a partnership with World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016. At The Melting Pot Restaurant, we offer a dining experience like no other. A unique, interactive dining experience creating memorable moments with family and friends. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped and the last piece of dessert is savored, you’ll be graced with the time to discover new things about people you thought you knew. And, those you’re getting to know. We are the premier fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. It’s up to you. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That’s not to say, we haven’t had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie. Whether you’re celebrating romance, a birthday or anniversary – or just a night out while the babysitter is in charge – we offer something truly unique. An opportunity to interact and connect while experiencing all fondue has to offer.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012. The Veteran Corps of America (VCA) is an industry leader in providing the full spectrum of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Explosive (CBRNE) products and services; logistics and warehousing; IT products and solutions; training and simulation; and strategic program management. VCA’s mission is to offer exceptional services to our clients that consistently exceed customer satisfaction. We achieve this through responsive, intelligent, proactive, customer-focused support in all of our partnerships. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we are committed to supporting veterans and their family members through veteran advocacy and support. VCA was founded on a family military legacy, inspired by six-year Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1964-1970), General Earle G. Wheeler. Today, VCA employs over a dozen decorated military veterans who have served in the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. “We are Veteran Enabled!” is more than a company motto, it guides us in our daily approach and work ethic. We are proud to support organizations that value the ongoing service and sacrifice of military veterans and their families.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 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 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 rides that cover up to 65 miles during a day, World T.E.A.M. Sports offers an optional mobile messaging service for participants. This free 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. To sign up, simply text FOA2016 to 95577. Or, visit our online sign up page.
Summary Terms & Conditions: Our mobile text messages are intended for subscribers over the age of 18 and are delivered via USA short code 95577. You may receive up to 4 message(s) per month of text alerts. Message & Data Rates May Apply.
This service is available for phones with text messaging capabilities, and subscribers on AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile®, Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, Cincinnati Bell, Centennial Wireless, Unicel, U.S. Cellular®, and Boost. For help, text HELP to 95577, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1 855-987-8326. You may stop mobile subscriptions at any time by text messaging STOP to short code 95577.
SPONSOR A FACE OF AMERICA 2017 PARTICIPANT
Help support a participating Face of America athlete by donating today using your VISA, MasterCard or American Express card. Starting in November 2016, 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.
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