Title: Kowalski Traveled from Coast-to-Coast to Help People with Disabilities
Date: July 20, 2021
Summary: Peter Kowalski, Archon of the Eta Lambda chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at SUNY Brockport is dedicating his summer to raising money and awareness for those with disabilities.
Peter Kowalski is taking part in the Ability Experience’s summer event, Journey of Hope. Journey of Hope is a cross-country cycling trip with three routes beginning in Seattle (TransAm), San Francisco (North), or Santa Barbara (South) and ending together in Washington, DC. The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities and develops men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders. Simply put, the Journey of Hope is a ride with a purpose.
The true impact of the Journey of Hope can be felt through its programming across the nation. Throughout the summer, teams meet with organizations that support people with disabilities at “friendship visits.” These unique shared experiences could be a karaoke dance party, a game of wheelchair basketball, or simply the sharing of a meal. Team members gain perspective and learn lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives, and the organizations. This journey is about service beyond self and the men of Pi Kappa Phi have been dedicated to fulfilling its mission, one mile at a time, since 1987.
Peter is one of the seven crew members assisting 19 cyclists traveling cross country on a bike. They started in Santa Barbara on June 16 and will end 59 days later on August 14 in Washington D.C. As well as a North group that started in San Francisco. Along the way, these groups will be stopping at disability centers across the U.S and having events with them.
Peter has been selected to be Team Historian so his responsibilities include taking pictures, calling media, arranging interviews, collecting news articles, and documenting the journey.
He is honored to be representing his college and his chapter on this Journey.
Collectively over $320,000 has been raised for this event and those with disabilities. Below is the link to his fundraising page for those willing to donate. Peter is extremely grateful for this opportunity and all of the support.