Special to the E-T

Fraternity brothers will visit Stephenville on July 14 as part of their 4,000-mile, cross country cycling event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

The team of 30 Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members is cycling an average of 75 miles per day on their way from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. They plan to spend nearly every afternoon with people with disabilities on the 64-day Journey of Hope.

The teamís Stephenville appearance will be the first local stopover since the inception of the Journey of Hope in 1987.

After riding the nearly 100 miles from Abilene, the team will arrive at the Graham Street Church of Christ where they will sleep for the night. Dinner for the team will be held at the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center, and the public is welcome to come and meet the cyclists.

The Journey of Hope Presented by KRG Capital consists of three teams who will cycle a combined 12,000 miles this summer. The 91 Pi Kappa Phi members cycling in the event each raised a minimum of $5,000 to qualify themselves for one of the teams. Their individual efforts combined with contributing sponsors KRG Capital, PM Realty Group, Clif Bar and NYC Velo will raise $500,000 for people with disabilities through the Push America organization this summer.

Other local sponsors include Tarleton State University.

Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised more than $10 million on behalf of people with disabilities and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement. If you would like more information, contact Abby Symonds at (704) 504-2400 ext. 142 or Charlie Maier at ext. 143