September 20, 2016
Athletes from the Semper Fi Fund Inspire Recovery Through Sport
What: Each year, thousands of athletes compete in the New York City Triathlon, an epic race around the island of Manhattan that tests the mettle of the fittest athletes. Having overcome injuries, the veterans of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are ready for the challenge. Next Sunday, for the fourth consecutive year, they will take on the NYC Tri to raise funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund in support of their fellow wounded, injured and critically ill service members.
Participants will brave the waters of the Hudson River, followed by an arduous bike ride along the West Side Highway and end with a run through tree-lined Central Park—the final leg of a long journey to recovery.
Joining the 10 athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund will be 15 community athletes raising donations for the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund. The group set a goal to raise $30,000 for veterans and has already blown past that with their sights now set on raising $40,000.
WHEN: Sunday, July 24, 5:50am
WHERE: 99th Street & Hudson River in New York City. For additional information click here.
To arrange interviews and photography contact Alicia Sellitti, [email protected], 917-822-9010.
Service members available for interviews include:
Omar Bermejo is competing in the Triathlon as a member of Team Semper Fi. Bermejo lost his left arm five years ago in a devastating motorcycle accident. Having served ten years in the U.S. Marine Corps, physical fitness had always been a major part of Bermejo’s life and athletics played an important role in his recovery. “I wanted to feel good about myself and my health again,” he said.
Through friends and fellow injured athletes, Bermejo learned that Team Semper Fi could help him accomplish his goals. “Immediately, they helped me get a biathlon bike and anything else I needed. They ask me what I need, I tell them, and they take care of everything.”
With hard work and the support of the Semper Fi Fund and Team Semper Fi, Bermejo made it to the Paralympics in Sochi, competing in Biathlon. Now, he’s determined to take on his next challenge. “Swimming with one arm is a challenge, but I’m going to do my best and I’m excited to do it. Even if I’m not the one winning medals, I’ll be the one trying hardest.”
About Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only two veteran charities to receive an "A+" rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navig