The East Whiteland Fire Company will host Face of America, a two-day bicycle and hand cycle ride to the historic town of Gettysburg, for a pit stop on Saturday, April 28 from 8-9:30 AM.
Face of America was created in 2000 by the nonprofit World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) as a cross-county ride, with participants including adaptive military veterans and able-bodied athletes from across North America.
Nearly 600 athletes participated in the ride in 2017, traveling to Gettysburg from Arlington, Va., and Valley Forge. Of these athletes, nearly 150 were adaptive veterans living with disabilities ranging from loss of limb to paralysis to post-traumatic stress.
Volunteers from East Whiteland and the neighboring communities will receive riders along the course, waving American flags and cheering the riders on. The riders will stop at the East Whiteland Fire Company for an hour and thirty minutes, where they will be provided with fruit, granola bars, coffee, water, and Gatorade by volunteers.
This will be the second year in a row that the Fire Company has served as a pit stop along the route for the Face of America riders.
“The goal for 2018 will be to provide a large welcome for the riders and show our endearing support for their cause,” said Deborah Abel, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the East Whiteland Fire Company. “World T.E.A.M.’s Face of America ride honors our military veterans who were injured or disabled in their service to our nation. I know I can speak for every member of the Fire Company and the volunteers from our community when I say that we are very excited to host the riders and participate at a small level for this incredible cause.
“Our hope is to bring volunteers from all over Chester County to witness this inspiring experience, honor our veterans, and participate in the future, either as a volunteer or a new rider.”
Volunteers are asked to report to the East Whiteland Fire Company at 7:45 AM and to finish around 9:30 AM. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Deborah Abel at 484-889-9450.
Click here to learn more about or participate in Face of America.