While some college students are spending the summer working, studying abroad or mooching off their parents, another small group of fraternity brothers are cycling across the nation raising money and awareness of people with disabilities.
Dodging the rain and severe thunderstorms Thursday, members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity’s Push America Journey of Hope team traveled through York County by bicycle.
The team of 20 cyclists and another dozen staff crew are on their way to Charlotte for the weekend before embarking on their last leg of the trip to Washington, D.C.
The 62-day trip includes dozens of stops along the way with that the group calls ‘friendship visits’ where the young men meet and spend time with people suffering from life-altering disabilities.
Push America, the fraternity’s service arm, raises money via the student chapters each year, distributing grants towards service projects to help many of those people that fall by the wayside.
“Meeting the people [with disabilities] is honestly the greatest thing I’ve ever done,” said member Shad Alberjanzi, 18, of Chapel Hill, N.C. “Hearing about them and knowing that we’re donating to them is nice to hear, but when you actually meet them and see what they’re going to and how much they care that we’re there. that really hits my heart.”
Alberjanzi and his fraternity brothers are part of the Journey of Hope’s south tour which takes a southern route across the United States. Another group of cyclists are trekking the northern side of the country at the same time.
Both groups are set to arrive Saturday, August 2 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.