BY PAUL BREMER
Washington, D.C., April 18, 2011 – The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced today that from April 25-27, 2011, President George W. Bush will host the Warrior 100 (W100), a 100-kilmometer mountain bike ride in the Big Bend region of western Texas with 14 United States servicemen and women who were seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. World T.E.A.M. Sports is honored to have been asked by President Bush to participate in this exciting event.
“I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform,” said President Bush. “It’s a 100-kilometer ride in the desert, and it’s not a leisurely ride; it’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’”
The W100 will highlight the courage of US troops who have served their country honorably during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It will also herald the significant contributions of organizations that support these heroes and their families while they are gone and when they return home. Organizations represented on the ride include the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Wounded Warrior Project.
“We are honored and delighted to have been asked to participate in the W100,” said World T.E.A.M. Sports President, Paul Bremer. “In response to the President’s request, we were able to identify two wounded warriors who have taken part in other World T.E.A.M. Sports rides to join the President in this remarkable event. I’m sure riding with the President will be a thrill for them both.”
The two riders representing World T.E.A.M. Sports are USAF (ret) Staff Sergeant Scott Bilyeu and USMC (ret) Corporal Joshua Davis. Both riders participated in the difficult 4,000 miles cross-country Sea to Shining Sea ride organized by World T.E.A.M. Sports in 2010. More information about their cross country ride can be found at the Sea to Shining Sea website.
The bike ride will serve as the inaugural event of the Veterans Initiative of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Social Enterprise initiative highlights the work of those who find innovative ways to help others.
For more information and to follow the riders, please visit the official Warrior 100K website. For more information on the George W. Bush Presidential Center, including the Social Enterprise Initiative, please visit www.bushcenter.com.
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 20-year-old not-for-profit organization that organizes sporting events for disabled citizens. These events allow disabled participants to develop self-confidence and physical fitness while providing models to other disabled men and women and an inspiration to anyone seeing them perform athletically. The weekend of April 16-17, 2011, World T.E.A.M. Sports hosted its sixth annual Face of America ride honoring wounded warriors, a 110-mile bike ride from the steps of the Capitol in Washington to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg. Photos, blogs and articles about the ride are posted at our website.
Learn more about the Warrior 100K Ride: Warrior 100K Ride “Absolutely Amazing”, World T.E.A.M. Sports Athletes Honored by President Bush