State Farm sponsors cross-country ride to honor nation's service men and women.
Pittsburgh, PA July 13, 2012 - A team of exceptional athletes, many of whom are wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans representing all military branches will be biking into Pittsburgh on Monday, July 16 and traveling through Pennsylvania for World T.E.A.M. Sports' bike ride across America called Sea to Shining Sea.
The goal of Sea to Shining Sea is to honor the courage of our service men and women, recognize the strength of the American spirit and challenge the perceptions of how we view athletes.
During the week of July 16, Sea To Shining will travel into the city of Pittsburgh and travel through Southwestern Pennsylvania before existing south into Maryland near Gettysburg.
There will be various stops along the way, many of which will be hosted by local State Farm agents.
The stops include:
Spanning 68 days and 3,700 miles, the cyclists are testing their physical limits and inspiring countless fans, disabled or not, to live active and enriched lives. The group cycled through deserts, mountains, hills, and flat lands to prove that disabled Americans can lead productive lives and accomplish feats most people only dream about. Several riders have specially-designed bikes that make it possible for them to participate.
The riders began in San Francisco on May 28 and will ride until they reach Virginia Beach on July 28.
State Farm is proud to sponsor the Sea to Shining Sea ride across American as a way to show support for service men and women. For more than 65 years, State Farm has demonstrated its commitment to service men and women through a world-class military leave policy and company programs like the employee Military Affinity Group, Adopt-a-Soldier, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and now as presenting sponsor of the Sea to Shining Sea bike ride.
For more information and to follow Sea to Shining Sea online, go to http://s2ssbikeride.org.
Dave Phillips, State Farm Insurance Media Relations Specialist, (610) 358-7667
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than 20 years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens. In all events they include both disabled and able-bodied participants, and four things always happen at their events: (1) Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness; (2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up physical activities; (3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone's imagination; (4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges.
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