Pi Kappa Phi Members Raise Money and Awareness for People with Disabilities

Six members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Delta Delta chapter at Truman State University participated in national team events of Push America this summer. Push America is the national outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi.

The local members who participated raised more than $17,000 to benefit people with disabilities.

Nick Hart, a senior political science and communication double major from Peculiar, Mo., participated as a Gear Up Florida cyclist. Gear Up Florida is an 800-mile bicycle ride during the course of two weeks across Florida. Thirty-four cyclists and crew members left May 14 from Miami and completed the ride in Tallahassee.

Nick Cloud, a Truman graduate from Chesterfield, Mo., was the Journey of Hope project manager. Matt Ratliff, a junior Spanish major from Jacksonville, Ill., was a Journey of Hope crew member.

The Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trek similar to Gear Up Florida, but with a much greater distance. Twenty cyclists and crew members embarked June 3 from Portland, Ore., to travel more than 4,000 miles over two months to Washington, D.C.
Scott Lesinski, a junior business administration and mathematics double major from Hazelwood, Mo.; Joe Baumann, a senior English major from St. Charles, Mo.; and Andrew Greiner, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa; were Build America members.

Build America is a relatively new project of Push America and just celebrated its third year. The 14 team members spent six weeks traveling across the country to six camps making them more accessible for people with disabilities.

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