Trek honors victims of Sept. 11


October 03, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE TANEYTOWN family took its favorite sport and used it to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York.

Tracy and Rob Lea and their son Syd, 17, decided a good way to remember the victims was to ride from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan to the Pentagon. The 270-mile trip was sponsored by World T.E.A.M. Sports, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "bring individuals with and without disabilities together to undertake unique athletic events throughout the world to encourage, promote and develop opportunities in sports for all people."

Tracy helped found the organization in 1993. It now has 100,000 members, according to its Web site.

Syd, who was accepted last month as a junior member of Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company, was especially interested in the ride.

"A lot of firemen died in New York, and now that I am learning to be a fireman I wanted to honor what the firemen in New York did to help save lives," said Syd, a junior at Francis Scott Key High School.

Syd, who is developmentally delayed, is a two-time Special Olympics World Games gold medallist in cycling.

The trip started Sept. 20 in New York. The first day they rode about six hours and stopped in New Jersey where a tent city had been set up. They rode 10 hours the next day and stopped on the Eastern Shore. The last day they arrived at the Pentagon.

"We were mostly motivated to have Syd do this ride as a way to help him understand what happened and to meet some of the 9/11 heroes and family members as well as to work with the many disabled cyclists who would be participating," Tracy said. "And Syd really wanted to show he could do it."

They have a second son Bobby, who also is a bicyclist and attends Pennsylvania State University.

Rob and Tracy have been bicycling for more than 30 years. When their sons were old enough, they bicycled with them. It was a way to spend time together as a family.

"This is our family time," Tracy said.

They ride 100 to 300 miles a week. They often race on weekends and have earned several titles. Bobby Lea won the national Junior Track Championship and the Collegiate Track Championship, where he represented the university, in August 2001. Rob Lea is a former national champion in cycling and a former Olympian in rowing (1964).

Chain of life

The Carroll County Life Chain Hour of Prayer will hold its annual vigil from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore and York streets in Taneytown.

The anti-abortion group has held the vigil for the past 11 years, according to Vincent J. Perticone, its organizer.

Basketball registration

Charles Carroll Recreation Council will hold its 2002-2003 basketball registration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Charles Carroll Elementary School.

The council will have an after-school clinic for second- and third-grade boys and girls and fourth- and fifth-grade boys and girls. A league will be available for fifth- and sixth-grade girls; seventh- and eighth-grade girls; fifth-and sixth-grade boys; and seventh- and eighth-grade boys.

The cost is $40 a player. A second registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the school.

Information: Johnny Hoover, 410-346-7882.

Park night reminder

Woodsboro/New Midway Recreation Council will hold its third annual evening in the park from 8 to 11 tomorrow at pavilions two and three at Woodsboro Park.

The adults-only evening will include dancing, camaraderie and light fare. Proceeds will benefit the Woodsboro soccer teams, which are made up of students from Woodsboro, New Midway and Keymar.

Tickets are $10.

Information: Lisa Beebe, 410- 775-7048 or Mark Denn, 301-845- 4004.

Uniontown harvest day

Uniontown United Methodist Church will sponsor Uniontown Harvest Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church grounds, 3405 Uniontown Road.

Activities include a petting zoo, games and balloons. Children can make a scarecrow for $5.

Food will include homemade barbecue, soups, chili and hot and cold cider. Musicians will perform during the day.

Information: Estella Williams, 410-848-7220.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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