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Tempe native slates ride across Florida to help disabled


March 20, 2007

This summer, while most ASU students are taking advantage of much-needed time away from the books, Dane Klett will be in Florida, riding a bicycle to raise money for those with disabilities.

Klett will be participating in Gear Up Florida, an 800-mile cycling event beginning in Miami and ending in Tallahassee, Fla. From May 11 to May 26, participants will ride across the state, sleeping in donated hotel rooms and YMCAs. Along the way, Klett and other riders will have the opportunity to visit organizations that benefit from the money raised by this event.

Klett, a Tempe native, is a sophomore at ASU and a graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe . He's been training since early January to take part in the ride. He's been cycling three days a week, 50 to 80 miles per day, riding up to 150 miles a week.

Gear Up Florida is produced by Push America, a charity founded in 1977 by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Klett is a member of the fraternity, one of the newest at ASU.

Klett's goal is to raise $4,000 for people with disabilities. Already $2,300 toward his goal, Klett's deadline is April 15. Those interested in supporting Klett can visit (https://secure.pushamerica.org/daneklett). Donations are tax deductible.