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Roanoke's Mike Bankert to participate in Journey of Hope

  • Roanoke's Mike Bankert to participate in Journey of Hope

  • 04/27/11

    SALEM, VA - Mike Bankert '12 will be spending the summer biking cross-country in support of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's national philanthropy, PUSH America. Beginning in June, Bankert will cycle through 32 states to spread a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities as part of the Journey of Hope.

    A member of Pi Kappa Phi, Bankert has been involved in philanthropic efforts supporting PUSH America for the past three years. Inspired by his fraternity's efforts to raise money and awareness for the organization, Bankert took on the challenge of biking cross-country. "I've always wanted to travel," said Bankert. "Journey of Hope provides a great opportunity for service, and to see the country."

    Participants are split into three teams, each of which is assigned a different route for the 12,000 mile journey. Teams bike approximately 75 miles per day, saving time to interact with local disabled people upon arrival at their destinations. The cyclists will depart from San Francisco and Seattle in June and conclude their journeys together in August at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

    In order to participate, team members are required to raise a minimum of $5,000 for PUSH America.  Annually, Journey of Hope raises more than $500,000 for people with disabilities.  

    To support Bankert in reaching his fundraising goal of $6,500, simply click here and donate online, or mail a check made payable to "PUSH America" with "JOH Mike Bankert" in the memo to:

    PUSH America

    P.O. Box 241368

    Charlotte, NC 28224

    Bankert attended Centerville High School in Centerville. A psychology major, Bankert plans to pursue a career in social work.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as one of the "Best 376 Colleges" in its 2012 guidebook, which includes the top nine percent of colleges, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke the number seven "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College."



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