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The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope has been changing lives since 1988 when the first team of Pi Kappa Phi members cycled across the country. Cycling 4,000 miles from the west coast to Washington, D.C. is not an easy task; the journey is long and the road can get rough, but our teams learn quickly what the trip is really about. It is about selflessness, helping support others and pulling together as a team to accomplish a goal. If you are an individual with a heart to serve and believe in the values of abilities, teamwork, empathy and integrity, you have found your service experience. Apply now to help build hope for the future.

Journey of Hope 2016




Crew Training:

May 30 in Portland

May 30 in Portland

May 30 in Portland


June 4 in Seattle

June 8 in San Francisco

June 13 in Los Angeles


June 8 in Seattle

June 12 in San Francisco

June 17 in Los Angeles


August 13 in Washington, D.C.

Team Size:

28 Cyclists / 8 Crew

28 Cyclists / 8 Crew

28 Cyclists / 8 Crew


$5,500 for Cyclists or $2,500 for Crew

*The dates above are currently tentative but will not vary greatly from what is listed. Team members will be notified and this page will be updated once the dates and itinerary for 2016 are confirmed.

Listed below are the application requirements for Journey of Hope. Please read through each requirement carefully making sure that you have compiled all necessary information before starting the on-line application process.

  1. You need to complete each requirement listed below before starting your application.
  2. Upon receiving your application, the Director of Team Services will set up an interview.
  3. The entire process can take approximately two weeks from the time The Ability Experience office receives your application.
  4. A Journey of Hope team member may be denied acceptance and/or removed from the team for any reason at the discretion of The Ability Experience staff.

 I am an associate, active or alumni member of Pi Kappa Phi in good standing with the chapter and national organization.
 I understand I am required to pay a $100 non-refundable registration fee upon acceptance to the roster.
 I have written my essay on why I want to participate in Journey of Hope. (1,000 word max)
 I have a professional resume that is ready to submit.
 I have a fundraising profile picture ready to upload after application.
 I have a road style bicycle to use for training and the event.
 I have signed up online for Strava to track my training progress and have joined the The Ability Experience Cycling Events Group 2016.
 I have a detailed fundraising and training plan ready to submit (click here for example).
 I understand I will have fundraising and training benchmarks to complete throughout the year to stay on the roster.
 I understand I am required to attend a Regional Team Training in the fall and spring.
 I have read and understand the above requirements, and I am ready to begin the application process.


For questions or more information contact:
Director of Team Services
(704) 504-2400 ext. 5388 or