TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® presented by USAA® heads to the sunshine state Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7 to help our nation's heroes take their first emotional steps towards recovery. Throughout the event, injured service members will discover that Soldier Ride is more than just a bike ride; it is a life changing opportunity to heal the body and mind.
Over the course of Soldier Ride Tampa, participants will come together for a long weekend of group cycling that facilitates camaraderie and healing through physical health and wellness activities. Soldier Ride often serves as an introductory physical health and wellness event for WWP veterans, who then go on to participate in a variety of WWP events.
Before the ride, each disabled veteran is fit with adaptive equipment to meet their specific needs. The participating injured service members will ride 33 miles through the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area together as a team, a journey they won't forget. Soldier Ride participants will also enjoy teambuilding exercises such as kayaking and group yoga. Many veterans find Soldier Ride to be a life changing experience as they cope with their mental and physical wounds.
About Soldier Ride®
Soldier Ride® began in 2004 when civilian Chris Carney cycled more than 5,000 miles coast-to-coast in support of WWP. In 2005, Carney again cycled coast-to-coast, this time with several combat-wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldier Ride has been welcomed at the White House since 2008 when President Bush called it "the most inspiring athletic event in the country," and most recently in April 2015 by President Obama where WWP Alumni met privately with him before the event.
Soldier Ride is a physical health & wellness program of WWP, which envisions a generation of wounded veterans well-adjusted in body, receiving the care they need to maximize rehabilitation and live active and healthy lives. Through peer support, adaptive sports, health, nutrition, and recreational activities, WWP helps warriors achieve independence and pursue an excellent quality of life.
More information on Soldier Ride is available at soldierride.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project