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Junior bicycling cross-country for philanthropy

Spenser SmithSPARTANBURG, S.C. – A Wofford College junior will be bicycling cross-country this summer as a participant in the annual PUSH America Journey of Hope.

Spenser Smith, from Birmingham, Ala., is majoring in Chinese and plans to study in China during the fall 2008 semester.

The nine-week Journey of Hope begins in San Francisco, Calif., each June and concludes in Washington, D.C., in mid-August.  Annually, the 54 cyclists and 16 crewmembers raise $350,000 in support of the projects and programs of PUSH America.  Founded in 1977, this philanthropy is designed to give Smith and other Pi Kappa Phi undergraduate fraternity brothers an opportunity to experience leadership development through service of people with disabilities.

“The Journey of Hope is really an awesome experience,” says Smith, who chairs the philanthropy committee of the Phi Kappa Phi (Zeta) chapter at Wofford.  “Each rider is committed to identifying personal sponsors who will provide a total of at least $5,000 for a great cause.  Beyond that, you have an opportunity to make many new friends and, when you finish, you are in the best physical shape of your life.”

Seven Wofford Pi Kappa Phi brothers are veterans of the Journey of Hope — Bill Holland, Class of 1990; Shayne Daugherty and Martin Moore, 1992; Allan Anderson, 1994; Greg Bethard, 1995; Framp Henderson, 2000; and Alan Henderson, 2004.

Spenser's team member page can be viewed at this site.  You can make a donation by clicking "Sponsor Me" on the webpage.