This April 28-30 2017, I will be participating in the Face of America, an inspiring, two-day, 110-mile bicycle and hand cycle ride from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This annual ride from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports honors our injured military veterans and includes more than 170 veterans and active-duty participants with injuries ranging from amputation to paralysis to blindness to post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
This is my 10th consecutive year supporting the Face of America and is the premier event of my cycling season each year.
Held annually since 2006, the Face of America is one of the largest non-competitive bicycling events in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2016, over 600 riders participated in the ride - many of whom came from across the United States and Canada.
In addition to fundraising, I ride this event as a Safety Marshal helping to make this the best possible experience for all the riders.
I'd like to ask you to support me in this year's ride through your financial donation. Each able-bodied participant is riding in support of the injured veterans, and raising money to cover the costs for the ride, and to support upcoming events from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Donations and sponsorship funding provide opportunities for military and civilian athletes with disabilities to join remarkable outdoor adventures - these range from the annual Adventure Team Challenge in the high Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Coastal Team Challenge along Long Island, New York, where developmentally-disabled teens and young adults paddle sea kayaks on a two-day journey. At World T.E.A.M. Sports events, persons with disabilities participate at no cost.
As a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, contributions to World T.E.A.M. Sports are tax deductible, provided you meet the IRS criteria and maintain certain records. (A relatively simple explanation of IRS requirements can be found at IRS Tax Tip 2010-60). World T.E.A.M. Sports donation receipts to all contributors to aid in this process. For questions regarding the tax or legal aspects of your donation, I encourage you to contact your legal or tax adviser.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me!