Push America – Events

Journey of Hope – In 1987, a young Pi Kappa Phi alumnus named Bruce Rogers (Chi) cycled across the country in an effort to bring more attention to the mission of Ability Experience. Inspired by his inaugural trip, a 21-person team led by Jim Karlovec began the Journey of Hope in 1988. Every summer since, members of Pi Kappa Phi have cycled from the Pacific Ocean to Washington, DC while delivering a message of understanding.

Gear Up Florida – A two week cycling trip called Gear Up Florida, began in 1997. Like Journey of Hope, a team of cyclists travel, but on a smaller scale within the state, to promote the message of Ability Experience. Gear-Up Florida starts in Miami and finishes in Florida’s Capital, Tallahassee.

Build America – In 2003, the inaugural Build America took members to six camps in six weeks to build accessible amenities and interact with campers for a summer of service.

The Ability Experience Challenges – The Ability Experience Challenges offer individuals the opportunity to challenge themselves in endurance events while raising vital funds for the programs of Ability Experience.

AccessABILITY – The third construction project, AccessABILITY, was introduced in 1994 and is designed to allow undergraduates and alumni to participate in a local service project that makes homes accessible through the construction of wheelchair ramps.

Ability Camp– In 1991, the first week-long construction project entitled Push Camp was held at the Clemson Outdoor Lab in Clemson, SC. Today, Pi Kappa Phi members forgo the traditional college spring break experience to attend this week of service, brotherhood and fun.

Ability Weekend – Undergraduates from all over the country have the opportunity to attend one of these two-day projects, where they work together to construct accessible amenities for facilities serving people with disabilities.