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Registration Opens for the 2014 Face of America Ride from Washington to Gettysburg
Date:12/11/2013

ple progress over the years.”

Face of America is the national organization’s most popular event, attracting more than 500 riders, of which 100 or more are military veterans with disabilities ranging from loss of limb to PTSD to blindness. The ride began in 2000 as a relay cross-country ride with two teams of disabled riders riding from each coast meeting under the St. Louis arch. In 2002 and 2003, the ride ran from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon and honored the victims of the 9/11 attacks on America. In April 2006, the ride was re-envisioned as an inclusive event to honor those who were injured or disabled while serving in the military. Over the next seven years, a greater number of disabled Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans participated, as have additional active duty military and civilian riders.

Each civilian, retired and active duty military participant in the ride raises funds from family, friends, co-workers and colleagues to support the participation of the disabled veterans, who pay no registration, transportation or lodging fees, as well as cover event costs. Any remaining funds raised through the event are applied to other World T.E.A.M. Sports events. These include Colorado’s Adventure TEAM Challenge, an outdoor team competition with disabled and able-bodied competitors, and larger events, such as the Sea to Shining Sea ride, a cross-country bicycle ride.

Registration for participating riders and teams for the Face of America is currently underway online. There is a maximum limit of 600 participants, including veterans with disabilities.

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 has organized athletic events for disabled
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