Military Heroes Riding 4,000 Miles Coast-to-Coast Starting May 28
By Richard Rhinehart
Holbrook, New York, May 21, 2012: World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Tyler announced today that BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has joined as a sponsor of the second Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride with wounded warriors from America’s military.
BNY Mellon is providing critical financial support for this year’s ride, which leaves San Francisco on May 28 and arrives in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 28. The ride includes 20 disabled veterans from all services, who will ride bicycles, hand cycles and recumbents on their nearly 4,000 mile cross-country journey through 14 states. Cities included in the 2012 ride include Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado Springs, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Richmond.
“We are proud to have our riders carry the BNY Mellon logo on their personal journey across the country this summer,” said Tyler. “We’re honored that BNY Mellon chose to support our effort to recognize the riders for both their sacrifice and resiliency.”
Participants of the Sea to Shining Sea ride include veterans who live with disabilities ranging from loss of limbs to blindness to Post Traumatic Stress. Veterans in the ride served America in wars from Afghanistan and Iraq to Vietnam.
“We’re very proud to sponsor the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride in support of military veterans who have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation,” said Brian T. Shea, Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon’s Pershing unit. “Not only do these brave American heroes serve and protect our country, they bring their valuable leadership experience back into our communities and businesses. Sea to Shining Sea is a truly inspiring event that reflects the triumph and determination of the human spirit.”
The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is supported through sponsorships by State Farm, American Portfolios, MWV, Dominion, the Semper Fi Foundation, the USO, BNY Mellon, General Electric, GM Fleet and Commercial, Brown Shoe Company and Famous Footwear, Energizer Holdings, Altria, EnerSys, Occidental Petroleum, Magaschoni Apparel, Penske Truck Rental, AR Capital, Vedder Price, the El Pomar Foundation, Recycle for People, and George Puskar.
For further information about the Sea to Shining Sea ride or to track the riders progress, visit the official ride website. To tweet your message of support for the riders, use #S2SSbike.
About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a leading global provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services. In addition, the company responds to the needs of communities by supporting organizations that advance the quality of life where its employees work, live and do business. BNY Mellon has a comprehensive corporate social responsibility program linked to its business priorities, with a strong emphasis on ethics, transparency and risk management, along with operational reliability, governance and stakeholder engagement. The company’s demonstrated excellence in the fundamental aspects of CSR such as employee engagement, community involvement and environmental sustainability include contributing $100 million around the world over the past three years to strengthen the communities in which its employees live and work. Additional information is available at our website or follow us on Twitter@BNYMellon.
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. For more than 20 years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants. 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. 4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. We change lives through sports.