Programs for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families Fueled by Donation
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MIAMI (Dec. 7, 2022) – Thirteen members of the Miami police department raised over $15,784 through a 147-mile, Miami to Key West bicycle ride to benefit Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.
Miami police officer Joseph McCrink, a competitive road cycler and a 25-year veteran of the force and a member of the Miami police department’s Elite Bicycle Response Team organized and rode in the event. The riders left Miami at 11:30 p.m. on November 14 and rode through the night.
“For several years, I’ve organized bike rides as a way to celebrate my upcoming retirement and we were excited to support Hope For The Warriors this year,” said McCrink, ride organizer. “This year, we wanted to honor veterans. It’s one day of our time and that’s very little to give to help our veterans. Our group all love to ride, and they all love to give back in events like this.”
In the four years since he has led the charge, McCrink and his fellow riders have raised over $50,000 for various nonprofits in this annual bike ride.
Celebrating 16 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.
“We’re honored that Joseph and his fellow officers chose to support the military families we serve this Veterans Day,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization. “We recognize their support and sacrifices they make every day in the line of duty and appreciate them paying it forward to others that serve.”
About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 40,000 through a variety of support programs focused on health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 192 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.