The Braille Monitor November, 2003
NFB staff members taking part in the Face of America ride stand with President Maurer in front of the National Center. Left to right are Maurice Peret, Holly Mooney, Marc Maurer, John Brennan, and Karen Friedman. The tandem bicycle ridden by the Mooney-Peret team is visible behind Mrs. Mooney.
On September 12, 2003, between five and six hundred cyclists rallied at Battery Park near the site of the World Trade Center and then walked to the river to be ferried across to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, where they mounted bicycles, tandems, and hand-operated bikes for a two-day ride to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. They were taking part in the World T.E.A.M. Sports Face of America 2003.
Erik Weihenmayer, the blind climber who summited Mt. Everest in 2001 sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind, sits on the World T.E.A.M. Sports board. Because of this connection the NFB fielded four tandem teams for this year's event. They raised almost $8,000, to be divided equally between the NFB and World T.E.A.M Sports.
The NFB team poses for a photograph in New York. Left to right standing are Karen Friedman, holding the NFB flag; Betsy Zaborowski, NFB director of special programs; Michael Gosse; Kristen Cox, director of the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities; Marty Buhrow; and Brian Buhrow. Kneeling (left to right) are Holly Mooney, Maurice Peret, and John Brennan, recently appointed chief of staff in the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities.
Face of America riders gather at the West Front of the Capitol building for closing ceremonies.