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World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Face of America bicycle ride,April 26-28,2013, brings together riders with disabilities and riders who are able-bodied. In its 11th year, the ride from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania includes about 500 participants annually.

The Face of America rides honor the men and women who were wounded or disabled while in service to their nation. Participants include many disabled veterans, along with currently active military and retired military. Active duty service and emergency response men and women also join hundreds of able-bodied citizens who ride together.

This year, as in years’ past, I will be collecting banners to hang along the ride at rest stops and lunch stops to cheer the riders along with messages of support.

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If you, or a group that you know, would be interested in making and donating a banner to be used at the bike ride, please email me with the subject line Banner to kasee60(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll send you the mailing address.

Making a banner can be very simple or very elaborate. we will describe the simplest and most inexpensive versions and you can go from there.
Materials needed:
ONE light-colored pillow case (e.g., white, yellow, powder blue)
OR
ONE light colored cotton T-shirt (M-XL)
OR
ONE Light colored twin sheet

ONE package of multicolored Sharpie (or any type of) permanent markers (maybe two pkgs if you’re doing a sheet!)
OR
Tubs of tempera paints(a couple bright colors) and paint brushes/sponges, plus permanent markers for folks to sign their names

NOTE: Many fluorescent colors and yellow do not show up well on light colored fabric; select paint/marker colors that have a high contrast with banner fabric.

Optional: Stencils from a craft store to help sketch out the letters in pencil before using the permanent markers or paints (or use stencils to trace and cut out fabric letters)

NO, NOs (please!):
No poles or sticks (hard to transport; all banners will be hung from clothesline or fences, etc)
No paper (gets soggy and tears in rain and morning dew)
No glossy photos (get soggy and tear in rain and morning dew)

Fabric banners are best because they are easiest transport and to secure to ropes and fences with clothes pins or safety pins.

With your pens or whatever, decorate your banner with a simple wish, or cheer, or message of thanks or encouragement and then anyone and everyone can sign their name. J
If your banner will be from a group, I recommend writing the group name along one edge, left or right (across the bottom is less good as that part may drag the ground). Signatures can go all over!

DEADLINE: The banners must be received by Tuesday, April 23,2013.

Hope to hear from you!! (and please spread the word) Thanks! for helping to support and encourage all those who will be riding.

The motto of World T.E.A.M. Sports is WE ALL RIDE THE SAME ROAD

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