Since 1997, over 300 Pi Kappa Phis have
participated in Gear Up Florida. Each year, the team raises over $80,000 to
benefit people with disabilities. Gear Up Florida was created with one mission
in mind. To reach out to as many people as possible across the State of
Florida, spreading a message of acceptance and understanding on behalf of
people with disabilities. Gear Up Florida has served that mission well by
creating an event that is touted as "The best two weeks of programming
Push America has to offer."
800-mile cycling event kicks off on the shores of Miami, travels through the
Florida orange fields, reaches the Gulf coast, passes through Orlando, comes
back to the Atlantic coast and culminates at the State Capitol in Tallahassee.
The team spreads a message of acceptance and understanding to communities in
Florida through newspapers, radio and television, civic groups and community
leaders, reaching millions of people annually.
Up Florida's programming is what makes this event so unique. Every event is
centered on the mission of the trek. Some days team members will visit three
different organizations that support people with disabilities. Seeing the
direct impact on the people they raise money for is very emotional for team
members. You cannot help, but be touched by the gratitude and kindness that is
shown along Gear Up Florida. When the trip is complete, team members always
look back and it is the friendships made with people with disabilities that
have the most impact on each man.
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