Journey of Hope
What started as a philanthropy project for his fraternity became a life-changing experience for Mo Awadalla. Push America, a nationwide philanthropic initiative started by Awadalla's fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, supports people with disabilities and develops members of Pi Kappa Phi into the leaders of tomorrow. One avenue of support for Push America is Journey of Hope.
"The Journey of Hope was the biggest accomplishment of my life,"Awadalla says. "It helped me see how rewarding giving back can truly be. It literally meant the world to me."
Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trek beginning in San Francisco and Seattle and ending together with all teams in Washington, D.C. The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Awadalla and another UT Arlington Pi Kappa Phi member were on the 2010 Southteam. "It's more than just a ride across the country on a bicycle," Awadalla says. "It's a chance to touch the lives of individuals and get to know and understand people with disabilities."
After 63 days of biking more than 60 miles each day, the large group of cyclists arrived at their destination. "The magnitude of what we were doing didn't hit me until I saw the top of the Capitol," Awadalla says. "Tears started flowing. I remember every moment of that day as if it was yesterday, and I would redo the worst day in the worst conditions without thinking twice."
For Awadalla, Pi Kappa Phi and Journey of Hope embody everything he was looking for as a UT Arlington student. "I wanted to attend a large, diverse, and invigorating university that had many opportunities for me to grow," he says.
Through his involvement with Pi Kappa Phi, he's gotten exactly what he wanted—and more than he could have anticipated. "Push America has helped turn me into a better man," Awadalla says. "I hope that my continued involvement with Pi Kappa Phi and Push America will change the lives of many like it has changed mine."
Awadalla and another UT Arlington Pi Kappa Phi member were on the 2010 Southteam. "It's more than just a ride across the country on a bicycle," Awadalla says. "It's a chance to touch the lives of individuals and get to know and understand people with disabilities."