The Ability Experience, formerly Push America, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. The Ability Experience was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, The Ability Experience has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.
The Ability Experience’s mission is, “We use shared experiences to support people with disabilities and develop the men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders.” which has been fulfilled for more than 35 years. Although the wording may have been changed, The Ability Experience’s vision to “Create a community, one relationship at a time, where the abilities of all people are recognized and valued,” remains unchanged.
Through programs of all kinds, participants display The Ability Experience’s four core values (abilities, teamwork, empathy and integrity) while serving others. Although the funds raised are invaluable, just as important is an increased awareness of the amazing things people with disabilities can do, as opposed to focusing on what they can’t.
Knight-Thon is students, student organizations, and community members coming together around a common cause. In this collegiate philanthropy, student teams raise money year round through fundraising events and personal appeals. In the spring, students stand for 20 hours to celebrate their fundraising efforts and the kids they are raising money to support. Knight-Thon is thousands of UCF students standing for a cause, standing to help their community, standing to help local kids at local hospitals.
In addition to raising funds for The Ability Experience, Pi Kappa Phi has participated in Knight-Thon every year. We spend all year fundraising and making miracles happen for Knight-Thon. The past year we raised over $12,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. Pi Kapp is FTK. Our brothers are passionate about being involved and giving back to the community. Some of our brothers are involved with Knight-Thon and serve on the Morale Team.