CSULB cyclist begins cross-country Journey of Hope

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Brent Freeman prepares to pedal cross-country in Pi Kappa Phi Journey of Hope.

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 U.S. 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 over 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.

According to Push America, Journey of Hope is designed to urge participants to challenge the norm, service the community and “help them find out more about themselves than they ever imagined.”

“I’m just your normal college student that has decided to do something extraordinary,” said Freeman, who also plays soccer for several teams and referees the sport for youth and adult teams in Southern California. “The money raised for this event goes straight to people who need it. Push America uses the funds to build disability accessible structures and provide grants to our local partners who help people with disabilities.”

Freeman is currently seeking donations for his ride to reach his goal of more than $5,000. Donations above $25 are tax deductible. On May 23, he will host a fundraiser for his ride at BJ’s Restaurant in Cerritos located at 11101 183rd Street.

For more information, please call Brent Freeman at 562/715-8415 or e-mail him at BrentFFreeman@gmail.com.

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