Gear Up Florida

By: Angelica Alvarez
By: Angelica Alvarez

Imagine getting on a bicycle and riding 75 miles every day all to help raise awareness and money for a cause you believe in. Young men are riding towards the Florida Capitol, ending a two-week journey.

"It’s just been an amazing experience with an amazing group of guys," said Rober Schneider, a cyclist for Gear Up Florida.

Thirty three Pi Kappa Phi members from all around the country trained for three days to ride over 800 miles on bicycles to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

From Miami to Tallahassee, they were riding 75 miles a day, sleeping in high school gyms, churches, and hotels, and being taken care of by a network of more than 125 volunteers of Gear Up Florida and Push America.

Starting at 6 a.m. in the morning and ending at noon, they then spent the rest of the day volunteering. All together the team raised $90,000 to help people with disabilities all around the country.

Each team member was selected for his leadership ability, commitment to service, and community involvement. Before riding, every cyclist raised a minimum of $2,000.


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