Pushing himself to the limit of his physical abilities while generating funds and awareness to help those with disabilities, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) student Brent Freeman will participate in Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile bicycle ride across the United States that is ridden by Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers.
Freeman, who founded the Pi Kappa Phi charter at CSULB, will be the only rider from the university and a Southern California campus riding in Journey of Hope. He will ride roughly 75 miles a day over a 67-day period. At the end of each day, he and the other riders will stop to interact with people with disabilities.
“My Journey of Hope adventure will not be possible without my teammates and donations from my family, friends and others. Founding my chapter of Pi Kappa Phi taught me many things, including the advantages of teamwork,” said Freeman, a senior studying business management at CSULB. “A major aspect of Pi Kappa Phi, and a huge reason why I joined, is Push America. I wouldn’t have been able to establish my chapter without the help of my fellow founding fathers.”
Hosted by Push America, Journey of Hope is the largest fraternal fundraising and awareness event of its kind. It was founded in 1977 by Pi Kappa Phi with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Journey of Hope begins in San Francisco and Seattle with all the riders ending their trips together in Washington, D.C. Since the first ride in 1988, which featured 21 riders raising $20,000, the event has grown to cover 32 states with riders cycling more than 12,000 miles combined to raise more than $500,000 annually. To date, more than 900 undergraduates have participated in the event to help bring to the forefront the abilities of people with disabilities.