TV Documentary Spotlights Students Partnership with Wounded Veterans

Michigan Tech, GM Build Better Handcycles for Achilles Freedom Team

Article ID: 617958

Released: 15-May-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Michigan Technological University

  • Credit: Michigan Technological University

    A Michigan Tech Senior Design student works on a handcycle for the Achilles Freedom Team of wounded veterans.

Newswise — It started out as a senior class project. It ended up as a passion for a team of engineering students and their unlikely partners—a group of wounded veterans.

Now a documentary has been made about the handcycles designed and built by Michigan Technological University mechanical engineering students for the Achilles Freedom Team athletes—wounded veterans who race in marathons.

The documentary is called The Wings of Angels, and it premieres this month on the American Heroes channel, a Discovery cable channel. Three showings are scheduled:

9 a.m. Saturday, May 179 a.m. Saturday May 249 a.m. Saturday May 31

The 50-minute documentary follows the lives of two wounded veterans who have become Achilles Freedom Team marathon handcyclists, and the teams of Michigan Tech students who designed, built, tested and refined handcycles for them.

For the full story, see

To talk with one of the students who built the handcycle, contact Robert DeJonge,, 9006-487-2142.

To contact the Achilles Freedom Team, email Janet Patton,


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