William Peace University Student Raises Funds to Support Face of America Ride

By Richard Rhinehart

Raleigh, North Carolina, April 1, 2013 – Assisting and inspiring disabled veterans through charitable activities is a passion for William Peace University Senior Jeanna Buck. The Raleigh, North Carolina student spent two months in 2012 as a staff member for World T.E.A.M. SportsSea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride with disabled veterans. This April 5, Buck is hosting a fundraiser at Raleigh’s PDQ Fresh Tenders for the non-profit’s April 26-28 Face of America ride.

Jeanna Buck Jumps

Jump for joy: Jeanna Buck jumps in Colorado during the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph courtesy Jeanna Buck.

Working with 14-year-old Franklin Academy Middle School student Ally Christopher, who sponsored a similar PDQ event on February 8, Buck greatly anticipates the fundraiser. “She is very enthusiastic to work with me to raise money for World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Face of America ride,” said Buck of her young colleague. “We can’t wait to see how it turns out.”

A co-author of the commemorative book “Shining Seas” on the summer cross-country bicycle ride with 16 disabled and able-bodied veterans, Buck completed the journey in Virginia Beach. “After two months of one suitcase, 30 new best friends, 9 vehicles, 70 different hotels, 14 states, laughing, crying, sadness, hurt, heartbreak, joy, love and bikes, I can gladly say I am a completely different person than I was in January, shaped by the experience and my adventures.”

World T.E.A.M. Sports, their people and their mission holds a close place in my heart,” reports Buck. “I’ve seen what this organization can do for people, especially wounded veterans. I believe everyone can be an athlete, and I support them 100 percent. I want to help World T.E.A.M. Sports to spread the word, ‘The Exceptional Athlete Matters.’”

Ten percent of all meal purchases from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Raleigh PDQ Fresh Tenders will be donated to the non-profit in support of the Face of America ride. This year’s ride from the Pentagon to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg will include 500 participants, of which more than 100 are disabled veterans from the United States and Canada. These veterans, participants of wars and conflicts dating to Vietnam through Afghanistan and Iraq, will ride the 110-mile, two-day route on hand cycles, bicycles and recumbent bicycles.

Jeanna Buck and her bike

Jeanna Buck rests during the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph courtesy Jeanna Buck.

“Seeing young people come together and work to raise money for World T.E.A.M. Sports is amazing,” said the non-profit’s Chief Operations Officer Van Brinson. “Engaging the next generation of citizens ensures that this organization will continue to fulfill its mission for years into the future. We thank Jeanna and Ally for their efforts. We also thank PDQ Fresh Tenders for their graciousness in allowing these girls to hold this event at their store.”

The Florida-based PDQ Fresh Tenders is a growing fast casual chain founded in 2009. Launched by a co-founder of the Outback Steakhouse, the restaurant features chicken tenders and sandwiches, hand-tossed salads and hand-spun milkshakes. The chain has seven restaurants in Florida and North Carolina, with six outlets scheduled to open in the coming months. The Raleigh store is located at 6305 Falls of the Neuse Road.

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. Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports organizes athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, bicycling, and more. In all our events we include both disabled and able-bodied participants with all participants working as a team to overcome challenges. Our events encourage disabled participants to build self-confidence and physical fitness while providing a role model for other disabled citizens. World T.E.A.M. Sports events also encourage the disabled to take up physical activities and become a moving inspiration to other participants, as well as spectators who see that the disabled can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. We change lives through sports.

Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.