Face of America | Michael Cotts

Michael Cotts at the 2014 CanAm Veterans' Challenge.

Michael Cotts is interviewed by the media during the 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge. Photograph by MaryAnn Rosolino.

This April, we all Ride the Same Road

Following 25 years of military service for his country, Canadian Army Veteran Michael Cotts retired to outdoor sporting activities such as World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to manage his post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression.

“It’s hard to express in words, but World T.E.A.M. Sports has saved my life,” explained the retired combat engineer who enlisted at age 17 and saw duty in Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. “It is very inspiring to spend time around challenged athletes and to see them overcome obstacles on a daily basis. It really puts your own life into perspective.”

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National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ two-day Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may be one of the most inspiring sporting events you’ll ever experience.

Face of America started as a cross-country ride in 2000 with two inclusive teams of athletes from both coasts meeting under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, Face of America was redirected to serve as the official commemorative ride from New York’s Ground Zero to the Pentagon, honoring and remembering the victims of the September 11 attacks. In these two years, more than 2,000 athletes from across the country completed this three-day journey. In 2006, Face of America was rededicated to honor the sacrifices and dedication of America’s military veterans who have been injured or killed in service, and to honor first responders who serve daily to protect Americans. A new route, to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was developed to remember the exceptional sacrifices Americans have made throughout our history in protecting our nation.