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Monday
Sep102012

Cross-Country Patriotism

By Laura Phelon
The Westfield News

The summer after college graduation leaves many options for former students. Some sweat it out by applying for big-kid jobs in the real world, some take a break and travel, some simply spend time with friends and family before grad school, employment, or whatever the next step may be. Westfield resident and Westfield State alum Robert Larose ’12 rode his bike- across the entire country.Staff and riders prepare for an early start in Missouri. Photograph by Nancy Chamberlain.

Larose spent his summer interning for World T.E.A.M. Sports. Created in 1993, World T.E.A.M. Sports is a not-for-profit organization that hosts athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens. Their mission statement says they use athletics “to challenge disabled men, women and children to accomplish goals they never thought possible.” Larose participated in the Sea to Shining Sea Ride, a nearly 4,000 mile bicycle ride that started in San Francisco on May 28th and ended in Virginia Beach on July 28th.

The Sea to Shining Sea Ride specifically included disabled veterans, which was a huge selling point for Larose.

Riders and staff enjoy a boat ride on Lake Tahoe. Photograph by Nancy Chamberlain.“I am an avid bicyclist coming from a family with several veterans, and the combination of aiding disabled veterans and cycling across the country was very appealing to me,” Larose said. “Last fall, my uncle passed away of a heart attack, and he was active duty at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. I wanted to complete the ride in dedication of my uncle.”

 

Read the full story at The Westfield News online.

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