The North Suburban YMCA will welcome the Journey of Hope cross-country bike team for their ninth annual friendship visit on Tuesday, July 24. This group of college students travels coast-to-coast each summer, raising funds and awareness on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The community is invited to meet the team and learn about the value of inclusive sports at the Y, 2750 Techny Road in Northbrook, beginning at 6:00.
The annual Journey of Hope cross-country ride is sponsored by The Ability Experience, a national philanthropic organization of the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity. The ride is completed by fraternity members who travel 4,000 miles together from the West Coast to Washington, D.C. The vision of the organization is to “create a community, one relationship at a time, where the abilities of all people are recognized and valued.”
This year’s visit to the Y has a new theme: “Y Believes.” The riders will share a private reception with members of the Y’s Special Olympics swim team and their families, followed by a public screening of the documentary film Swim Team. This powerful film depicts the inspiring journey of young people with autism brought together as a competitive swim team, and how their triumphs brought a community together. The film will be introduced by two members of the Y’s swim team, who will describe what being part of the team means to them. The film screening is free and open to the public. Due to occasional strong language, the film may not be appropriate for all viewers.
For more information, call the North Suburban YMCA, 847 272 7250.