Face of America 2016

This April 22-24, 2016, I will be participating in the Face of America, an inspiring, two-day, 110-mile bicycle and hand cycle ride 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, active-duty military and civilian participants with injuries ranging from amputation to paralysis to blindness to post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Held each year since 2006, the Face of America is one of the largest non-competitive bicycling events in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2015, 600 riders participated in the ride – many of whom came from across the United States and Canada.

I’d like to ask you to support me in this year’s ride through your generous 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 the non-profit 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 all 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 sends 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.

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