Sacramento, CA - The 7th annual Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament will take place at the Jackson Sports Academy on January 23 – 24, 2014, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Read the rest of this entry »
CARLSBAD — This year’s Vettes for Veterans Corvette car show raised $17,000 for injured military members. The event over Veteran’s Day weekend showcased 170 cars and drew a crowd of hundreds to the parking lot of TGIFridays in Carlsbad. Read the rest of this entry »
Bernardsville, NJ - On February 23, 1945 an historic picture was taken depicting five United States Marines and a United States Navy Corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. February 23, 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of this memorable act in United States history.
To commemorate this moment, Excel Fitness Center and FoleyCAT will be hosting the 2nd “Climb High For Semper Fi” fundraising event. This event will take place at 10:00am at Excel Fitness Center on Saturday February 21, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
We hope you saw that we’ve met the 10 for 10 Challenge with almost three weeks to go in the year. But wait—there’s more!
The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation is raising the stakes: The initial $5 million match has been increased to $6 million, which means that the total that can be raised from this campaign increases too, from $10 million to $12 million. Read the rest of this entry »
1. Give the gift of a warm home. Help prevent homelessness by donating any amount. Many service members and their families have lost much-needed income as a direct result of their injuries— some have even lost their homes. Your gift will make a difference.
2. Join the Drop and #GiveMe10 Challenge: Do 10 push ups or donate $10 to Semper Fi Fund or America’s Fund. Create and share a video on social media with the hashtag #GiveMe10! Read the rest of this entry »
Jackson, Mississippi - Come saddle up for Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program’s inaugural horsemanship clinic in Jackson, Mississippi. Were rounding up 12 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans for an exciting weekend of cowboy skills training and team competition. Read the rest of this entry »
Jacksonville, NC - Be a part of a unique race event coming to Jacksonville, NC on April 11, 2015. Our event will highlight the beauty of the City of Jacksonville, the commitment the military community and local community have to working together, and the determination and optimism of local athletes. Read the rest of this entry »
Alexandria, VA - On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting at 4:00 PM, one dollar from each drink and entree sold at John Strongbow's Tavern will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. The cast and staff at Medieval Madness are longtime supporters of the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. We are grateful for their continued support! Read the rest of this entry »
San Diego, CA - It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park! Please help us spread the news to your organization about our inaugural holiday event. For 12 select dates during December, Petco Park will open its gates to families and friends with a unique event to celebrate the holidays and get everyone into the holiday spirit. Read the rest of this entry »
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A unique ski event in Breckenridge this week is helping our wounded warriors hit the slopes, many for the very first time.
The Hartford Ski Spectacular provides specialized equipment and ski and snowboard lessons for 800 disabled athletes from across the country. Dozens of those who made the trip to Colorado are disabled vets.
“It’s like a serene feeling,” said Kirstie Ennis, a retired Marine who showed off her snowboard skills on Tuesday.
Seeing Kirstie on the slopes, it would be difficult to tell her first snowboarding lesson took place at the Ski Spectacular just a year ago.
“I had no idea what I was doing,” she said with a laugh.
Though snowboarding was new, Kirstie isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. She became a Marine and served as a helicopter gunner during her service, but her biggest challenge came when her helicopter went down in Afghanistan in 2012.
“I was, more or less, ripped apart and put back together,” Kirstie said.
Kirstie has gone through 38 surgeries to repair damage to her eyes, ear, shoulder and spine and her next surgeries will remove her left leg below the knee.
“We lift and we wedge my boot because I don’t have the flexion that normal people do,” Kirstie said, showing off her modified snowboard.
Stories like Kirstie’s are everywhere this week in Breckenridge. Many people are hitting the slopes and overcoming their disabilities in the process.
Troy Conquest is a retired Marine and 19-year survivor of Lupus and transverse myelitis. On Tuesday he was among many veterans that learned how to navigate the mountain with some specialized equipment and training. He came with a group from the Tampa, Florida VA.
“It’s an opportunity to do something that I wouldn’t normally be able to do, but once you get it done, it’s just like anything else … bigger and better,” Conquest said.
Disabled Sports USA, which hosts the event, also helps provide access to some former service members. The Semper Fi Fund supports the athletes as well and helps some get the equipment they need to train for even bigger goals.
Kirstie and others are now aspiring Paralympians.