By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
A group of 28 cyclists and nine crew members descended onto Rutledge on July 20 for the Push America’s Journey of Hope, a 3,900-mile cycling event across the country. These Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity men are cycling from Long Beach California to Washington D.C. in order to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. According to Rutledge’s press release, the Journey of Hope team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day ending at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 2. Every cyclist commits to raising a minimum of $5,500 on behalf of people with disabilities in hopes to enhance their quality of life.
The team lodged at Camp Twin Lakes, a camp that has provided “life-changing camp experiences to thousands of Georgia’s children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.” Push America’s mission is building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today. Push America organizes Journey of Hope each summer, along with other events, in order to promote and raise funds. It is the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity who founded the organization in 1977 to commit themselves to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.