ARLINGTON - One of two University of Texas at Arlington students on a cross-country trek to raise awareness of disabilities trades his bicycle for a wheelchair Friday when he and other Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members take on the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team in a campus exhibition.
Mohammed "Mo" Awadalla, a psychology senior and Pi Kappa Phi chapter president, and the South team for Push America/Journey of Hope will be greeted with a 2 p.m. welcoming ceremony Friday, July 16, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. The ceremony will be in the City Hall lobby and will include a City Council proclamation and introduction of the cyclists.
The cyclists will then travel to the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive, on the UT Arlington campus with a police escort where they will participate in a 7 p.m. matchup with the Movin' Mavs, seven-time national champions. The game and the cyclists' coast-to-coast ride are to raise awareness and support programs for people with disabilities through Push America's Journey of Hope. The three 63-day, 4,000-mile bike rides are comprised of only Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from across the country.
The cyclists will play as a wheelchair team in the first half of the Jim Hayes Memorial Peer Challenge/Exhibition Wheelchair Basketball Game, Doug Garner, Movin' Mavs head coach, said. For the second half, each team will have members of both groups for a more even playing field, he added.
Admission is free, and donations to Push America are encouraged. Push America is a sponsor of the Movin' Mavs.
Awadalla is with the South team on its trek from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. According to his post on the Push America website, he raised more than $5,000 toward his $6,000 goal by May.
Marty Sedtal, a biochemistry junior, is a support crew member for the North team, which is riding from Seattle to Washington, D.C. He has committed to raising $7,000 for Push America.
For details on Push America and the Journey of Hope, go to pushamerica.org.
To track the cycling teams, go online to letsride2010.com.
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