Yankees Press Release
Wounded Warriors to cycle through Yankee Stadium and New York in July
Wounded Warrior Project™ Soldier Ride Helps Veterans Heal
Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) 2012 Soldier Ride™ comes to New York July 18-21. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, Soldier Ride also gives the New York community an opportunity to aid in the emotional recovery of their local warriors by supporting these men and women.
On July 18, Wounded Warriors will cycle to Yankee Stadium prior to the New York Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game vs. Toronto to meet with several members of the Yankees team and be honored by the New York Yankees in a home plate ceremony with Nick Swisher, who has made a personal commitment to assist WWP with its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
“It’s an honor for the entire Yankees organization to welcome these brave men and women to Yankee Stadium,” said Swisher, who will be meeting with WWP alumni from across the country throughout this year. “Giving back to those who have served our country is a priority for the Yankees and we are proud to be taking part in New York’s Soldier Ride events.”
Other highlights from New York Soldier Ride include a bike fitting, where warriors using adaptive equipment like prosthetics are fit to the cycles, and warrior rides through Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.
Warriors of all ability levels participate in Soldier Ride, which takes place in 11 cities across the United States in 2012. There are state-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate warriors with various injuries and disabilities, as well as unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. WWP provides equipment and support at no cost to warriors.
WWP also has eight office locations around the U.S. to better serve Wounded Warriors, including a locally-based office on 7th Ave. and W. 31st Street near Penn Station, which specializes in helping Wounded Warriors in the areas of mind, body, economic empowerment, and engagement.
To volunteer for Soldier Ride or donate to WWP, please visit woundedwarriorproject.org. Soldier Ride, presented by GEICO, is also being supported across the country by U-HAUL (uhaul.com), a founding partner of Wounded Warrior Project.
About Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride began in 2004 when civilian Chris Carney completed a coast-to-coast bicycle ride in support of Wounded Warrior Project. Carney rode more than 5,000 miles and raised more than $1,000,000. In 2005, Carney again cycled coast-to coast, this time with several combat-wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2007, Soldier Ride went regional with seven rides across the country to help fund programs for Wounded Warrior Project. In 2008, President Bush welcomed the riders to the White House and called Soldier Ride, “The most inspiring athletic event in the country.” In April, Wounded Warriors cycling in Soldier Ride Washington, D.C. were once again invited to the White House to meet with President Obama before the ride. More information on Soldier Ride is available at woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project™
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.