Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler are planning to spend 24 hours on bicycles, but there’s no destination.
They’re inviting the campus community to join them in a cycling marathon to raise awareness for projects that support people with disabilities.
From 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, to 10 a.m. Thursday, students and staff will have the opportunity to take turns on four stationary bikes set up in the University Center.
Pi Kappa Phi members hope the project is a conversation starter about The Ability Experience, which was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The annual marathon is inspired by one of the organization’s national events, the Journey of Hope, a cross-country cycling trek that promotes the abilities of all people.
On Tuesday, students will also be invited to sign pledges as part of National Spread the Word to End the Word Day. The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage individuals pledge to eliminate the use of the “r-word” and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A banner will hang in the University Center for students to sign their name after taking the pledge.
For more information about The Ability Experience, visit http://www.abilityexperience.org