SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Hope For The Warriors, with a donation from Long-Island-based Crown Ford, recently presented a custom recumbent bicycle to a North Carolina-based Team Hope For The Warriors member, Army Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Keister.
A program of Hope For The Warriors, Team Hope For The Warriors provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to engage the competitive spirit at endurance events. Warrior Team Members are provided adaptive equipment and race support to ensure that they are defined by their achievements rather than by their injuries.
After serving over 40 years in the military, Keister, an active-duty solider, discovered recumbent bicycling after being injured and looking for a way to stay in shape. She has been riding since 2016 and competed in several events including the Warrior Games and various Hope For The Warriors events.
“Cycling provides me freedom,” said Keister. “Getting this new cycle means I will have the chance to continually work on cycling, not having to borrow a bike that doesn’t fit my needs.
“I’m excited to ride with others where I live and to get out and enjoy nature,” she added.
“Time and time again we’ve heard what adaptive cycling means to warrior athletes,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “We’re honored to work with Army Lieutenant Colonel Keister to get her the custom bike she needs to continue her training and provide her the tools to stay active.”
A national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors, assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.
For more information on Hope For The Warriors or its Team Hope For The Warriors program, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.
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 30,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 140 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of over 27,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.