Clematis by Night – Achilles Freedom Team Marathon Pep Rally

Who: The City of West Palm Beach
When: Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Square – 100 block of Clematis Street

(December 2, 2008 – West Palm Beach)  The City of West Palm Beach will cheer on the Achilles FREEDOM TEAM of Wounded Vets at Clematis by Night this Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. with a pep rally in front of the stage.

The Achilles FREEDOM TEAM of Wounded Vets is preparing to compete in the Marathon of the Palm Beaches on Sunday, December 7 with twenty-nine athletes.  The wounded veterans, most who are amputees, will line up early on Marathon Day to show their strength, courage and perseverance as they participate in this long-distance running event.  Five of the veterans joining the Freedom Team this year are from the local VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

The City is inviting everyone to come out to Clematis by Night and support the FREEDOM TEAM by wishing them well and cheering them on.  The FREEDOM TEAM Pep Rally will begin at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Clematis by Night Stage:
- The Achilles Team members will be introduced and announced to the crowd.
- Cheerleaders from Palm Beach Atlantic University will help the crowd and team get in the spirit by performing a two-minute routine.
- The City will issue a proclamation to the Achilles FREEDOM TEAM honoring these role models who show extreme courage and inspiration as they face their challenges and victories.

CLEMATIS BY NIGHT
Clematis by Night is a FREE weekly event that features great live music, mouth-watering foods, sidewalk shopping, and fun in the fountain every Thursday night from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. in Centennial Square, downtown West Palm Beach.  Clematis by Night is produced by the City of West Palm Beach and brought to you by Clear Channel Radio, Wachovia, The Palm Beach Post, La Palma, WPTV NewsChannel 5, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, Heineken, Samuel Adams, the West Palm Beach Marriott, and many others.  For more information, please call the City of West Palm Beach Community Events Division at 561-822-1515 or visit the website at www.clematisbynight.net.

ABOUT ACHILLES
Achilles International is dedicated to enabling people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, thereby promoting personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem, and the lowering of barriers between able-bodied and disabled people. Founded in 1983 as a running club, this worldwide organization is represented in over 70 countries.  The Achilles FREEDOM TEAM of Wounded Veterans introduces recently wounded soldiers from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to running.  Founded in early 2004 by Achilles VP Mary Bryant, the program provides motivation, training, and the opportunity to rebuild strength and endurance while healing through distance running events. Their rehabilitation is enhanced through physical activity, goal setting, and personal achievement alongside Achilles athletes who are peer mentors.  For more information, please visit www.achillestrackclub.org/freedom_team.