General Electric Sponsor of Inclusive Face of America Bicycle Ride with Disabled Veterans

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, February 25, 2013: World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Tyler announced today that General Electric (GE), a leader in energy, health and home, transportation and finance, has joined as a sponsor of the non-profit’s inclusive April 26-28 Face of America ride honoring disabled veterans.

General Electric rider Face of America 2012

General Electric is a sponsor of the 2013 Face of America ride. General Electric team members have participated in the annual ride for several years. Van Brinson photograph.

GE is providing financial support for this year’s ride, which will travel 110 miles in two days from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. An expected 100 disabled veterans will ride hand cycles, recumbent bicycles and standard bicycles in the popular ride, which in 2012 included 500 participants from across the country. In addition to financial sponsorship, GE also is creating a participatory team that will allow employees to honor the veterans.

“We are delighted GE is once again joining our Face of America ride,” said Tyler. “GE’s support both from a corporate and employee level means so much to the disabled veterans who are facing many challenges in their lives. Riding along with our able-bodied participants, their team will provide them with hope, as well as inspire others.”

“GE and its GE Veteran’s Network of 10,000 employees are constantly looking for ways to help those that have served and given so much to our great country,” said Steven Canale, GE’s Manager of Global Recruiting and Staffing Services. “The Face of America ride is all about what lies within us to overcome adversity, return to normalcy and to enjoy the outdoors. It’s a moving experience that keeps GE coming back every year as a sponsor. The FOA is one of the most organized and well executed events we’ve ever supported. It reminds you of a military operation. Every contingency is covered to insure that the riders are well cared for and safe.”

Participants of the Face of America ride will include veterans who live with disabilities ranging from loss of limb to blindness to Post Traumatic Stress. Participating veterans served America in wars from Afghanistan and Iraq to Vietnam. Active duty military and civilian riders will ride together with the adaptive veterans along Maryland’s scenic back roads and byways, ending at a celebration in Gettysburg April 28 that will include friends, family and area residents.

This year’s Face of America ride will be the 11th to be held by World T.E.A.M. Sports. Begun as a cross-country ride in 2000, the 2002 and 2003 rides served as the official 9/11 bicycle ride from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon. Since 2006, the Face of America has honored veterans of America’s military, including those with disabilities, on a Washington to Gettysburg route.

The 2013 Face of America ride is supported through generous sponsorships from Capital One Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, American Portfolios, General Electric, Penske Truck Rental, Revolution Cycles and Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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About World T.E.A.M. Sports

Celebrating 20 years in 2013, 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.