National Programs

JOURNEY OF HOPE

Journey of HopeEach summer, 90 undergraduate and alumni members from across the United States cycle 4,000 miles from the west coast to Washington, D.C. participating in activities and events to promote a greater understanding of people with disabilities. Through team member fundraising and corporate sponsorships, the event raises more than $600,000. Along the journey, riders participate in service projects and raising awareness about disabilities. There are now three routes on the Journey of Hope: North, South, and Trans America.

GEAR UP FLORIDA

Gear Up FloridaGear Up Florida cycles through Florida communities to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Every Summer 35 undergraduates and alumni of Pi Kappa Phi cycle 800 miles through 13 cities before ending in Tallahassee. Gear Up Florida raises more than $75,000, through team member fundraising and corporate sponsorships.

BUILD AMERICA

Build AmericaBuild America is a six-week summer program where members of Pi Kappa Phi construct accessible environments at six camps that support people with disabilities across the country. Team members have the opportunity for extended personal interaction with the campers who benefit from their hard work, making this a very unique and life enriching experience for all involved.

ABILITY CAMP

Ability CampAbility Camps provide undergraduate members the opportunity to spend a high quality Spring Break renovating camps and building accessible environments that will enhance the summer camp experience of a person with a disability. This alternative spring break is programmed around hard work, volunteerism, leadership, brotherhood, and fun.

ABILITY WEEKEND

Ability WeekendAbility Weekends are national service programs that provide funding and manpower to build and renovate structures such as accessible fishing piers, boardwalks, pavilions and playgrounds for facilities that support people with disabilities.

ABILITY EXPERIENCE CHALLENGE

Ability Experience ChallengeThe Ability Experience Challenge is a campaign giving everyone the opportunity to display their human ability by competing in endurance events across the country and raising funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The challenge is designed to provide an opportunity for people to take an unselfish approach to endurance competition.

ABILITY EXPERIENCE CHALLENGE

The Bergstrom Fellowship awards men of Pi Kappa Phi who dedicate their summer to service as a counselor for a camp that serves people with disabilities. The program is designed to give men of Pi Kappa Phi who have a desire to serve a camp as a counselor, have a summer job, and gain additional distinction and scholarship for their efforts.

PI ALPHA SOCIETY

Page Image- Beta Omicron Pi AlphasPi Alphas are members of an elite society that have completed a summer event on behalf of The Ability Experience. These members successfully completed a national Ability Experience event. Over 2,000 Pi Kappa Phis are part of this exclusive club, which equates to less than 1% of the membership that make up all of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Members of the Beta Omicron Chapter who are members of the Pi Alpha Society include:

  • Chris Baker: Journey of Hope (2001)
  • Wes Breeden: Journey of Hope (2001)
  • Steven Austin: Journey of Hope (2003)
  • John Gillard: Build America (2003)
  • Rodney Clements: Journey of Hope (2007)
  • DJ Klucznik: Journey of Hope (2007)
  • Wil Adams: Gear Up Florida (2007)
  • John Hall: Gear Up Florida (2007)
  • Collin McKnight: Journey of Hope (2008)
  • Adam Upshaw: Journey of Hope (2008)
  • Cody Bourque: Gear Up Florida (2008)
  • Nick Breaux: Gear Up Florida (2008, 2010); Journey of Hope (2010)
  • Cameron Moises: Gear Up Florida (2009, 2010); Journey of Hope (2011)
  • Jon Lee: Gear Up Florida (2010)
  • Chase Harvey: Gear Up Florida (2010); Journey of Hope (2011)
  • Chris Alley: Gear Up Florida (2011)
  • Ryan Jeffords: Gear Up Florida (2012)
  • Sean Austin: Gear Up Florida (2013, 2015); Journey of Hope (2016)
  • Austin Craft: Gear Up Florida (2015)
  • Zack Cockerham: Gear Up Florida (2015)
  • Thomas Marlbrough: Journey of Hope (2016)
  • William Devall: Journey of Hope (2016)
  • Michael Dailey: Journey of Hope (2016); Gear Up Florida (2017)
  • David Johnson: Gear Up Florida (2017)
  • Tyler Vienne: Build America (2018)
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