Since 1997, over 300 Pi Kappa Phis have participated in Gear Up Florida. This 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 of people with developmental disabilities to communities in Florida through newspapers, radio and television, civic groups and community leaders, reaching millions of people annually.
On Monday, May 13, 2013, Gear-Florida rolled into Cape Coral, Florida. The 800-mile-trekkers had lunch at Sunrise’s very own United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida. This is one of the most unique aspects of the annual program. Team members visit up to three (3) different organizations that support people with disabilities. There team members see the direct impact of their volunteer mission on the people for which the monies are rasied. It is a very emotional experience for most team members.
Self-advocates, staff and administration at UCP of Southwest Florida were thrilled to host the Pi Kappa Phis. In turn, the team members appeared to be touched by the gratitude and appreciation shown during the lunch stop.
When the trip is complete, we hope that team members will return and build upon the seeds of friendship planted today!