Journey of Hope is a ride with a purpose. An annual cross-country bicycle trek, Journey of Hope raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Three cycling teams begin in three west-coast cities — San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle — and ride an average of 75 miles each day until they meet up together in Washington, D.C. For the twenty-second year, Journey of Hope will visit Downtown Arlington when the Los Angeles-based team comes to town on Friday, July 13 for special appearances that are free and open to the public.
Launched in 1977 by Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the true impact of the Journey of Hope can be felt through its programming across the nation. After each day’s ride, team members immerse themselves in community activities. Across the country, they visit with groups that support people with disabilities, performing puppet shows to educate children, and learn lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
In Arlington, the team will exchange two wheels for four. The Journey of Hope cyclists are partnering with the Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the University of Texas at Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball teams for a reception, presentation and special athletic match-up. The event kicks off with a 10:00 a.m. welcome reception. At 1:00 p.m., cyclists from the Journey of Hope battle the champion Movin’ Mavs in a wheelchair basketball game. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams will present a proclamation to the team just prior to tip-off. Both events will be held at the UTA Maverick Athletic Center (MAC).
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