Media Alert:

Semper Fi Fund & Nantahala Outdoor Center Introduce Veterans Families to Outdoor Adventure Clinic

Contact: Brian McPherson
Telephone: 740.819.7981

August 30, 2018

Team Semper Fi Athletes and Their Families Challenge Themselves with Three-day Outdoor Adventure of Healing

Who: Seventy-five service members from the Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi Program and their families take on new challenges in their recoveries to learn and grow post-trauma with the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company.

WHAT: Semper Fi Fund and Nantahala Outdoor Center 2nd annual outdoor clinic in the scenic and peaceful Nantahala National Forest. Service members and their families will spend three days receiving an introduction to the outdoors with an emphasis on the world-class water sports offered by the NOC. These incredible, inspiring athletes will build more than just skills at this unforgettable event — they’ll also leave with camaraderie, confidence and life-long bonds with their fellow teammates.

Day 1: Introduction to flatwater paddling

Day 2: Day of hiking

Day 3: Whitewater kayaking

WHEN: August 4–6, 2018

WHERE: Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 W Hwy 19

Bryson City, NC 28713

WHY: “Recovery Through Sport” has proven to be an ideal outlet for injured service members to hone both physical agility and mental focus, skills that are critical to navigating their recovery. Learning and practicing alongside fellow wounded service members, they can also trade stories, share strategies for coping with their injuries, and forge lasting friendships.

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically 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 has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: An A+ from CharityWatch – one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year – and eight consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Learn more at

ABOUT TEAM SEMPER FI: Team Semper Fi – is the heart and inspiration of the Semper Fi Fund’s Sports Program and is an extension of the assistance we provide. The teams are made up of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. They are an inspiration to us all, but more importantly, they are an inspiration to their fellow service members who are also recovering.

About Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC): Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries, learn to kayak at NOC’s world-renowned Paddling School, travel abroad with NOC’s Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at its LEED-certified flagship retail stores or enjoy NOC’s resort amenities such as its three restaurants and multi-tiered lodging. A privately-held company, NOC is one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina and 22 Olympians including two Olympic Gold Medalists have called NOC home. NOC has been recently recognized by The New York Times as the “Nation's Premiere Paddling School,” “The Best Place to Learn” by Outside, and as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure.

If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at [email protected]

Jan Wojtasinski, Director of Marketing – Nantahala Outdoor Center [email protected].