Why We're Racing
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation mission is devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational or training mission. The forces covered by the Foundation include Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, Marine Force Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Navy Special Boat Units, Special Operations aviation units and others throughout multi-service Special Operations organizations.
In other words, for those not familiar with the Special Operations community, the Warrior Foundation benefits those forces who carried out the May 2, 2011, raid that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as those forces who recently suffered massive casualties resulting from the August 6 and the August 9 downed helicopter incidents in Afghanistan and Fort Benning, GA, respectively.
The Warrior Foundation is currently committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to more than 760 children. These children survive over 600 Special Operations personnel who gave their lives in patriotic service to their country, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as "Operation Iraqi Freedom." To date, 143 children of fallen special operations warriors have graduated from college. To date, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has also provided over $700,000 to wounded special operations personnel.
Our Team History
In 2010, we started the Warrior Tri Team to honor four of our nation's finest, who all fell in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2007 - Sergeant Major Brad Conner, Sergeant First Class Nate Winder, Sergeant First Class Mike Tully and Sergeant First Class Adrian Elizalde. Our goal was to raise $20,000 for the Warrior Foundation in memory of those fallen heroes and in support of the six children those brave men left behind. Thanks to the outstanding support we received from friends, family and supporters who believed in our cause, we successfully raised over $31,000! We were humbled and honored by our supporters' generosity.
This Year's Race
We're going for it, again. On September 11, 2011, we will individually compete in the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C. Each of us has pledged to raise $2500 to honor some of our nation's fallen heroes and to help provide their children a free college education. Our collective goal is to raise over $20,000 toward that end. Please visit the Warrior Tri Team page on Facebook. You will be able to see all our workouts, our support and the motivation behind our team. Come check us out!
How You Can Help
If you can read this and have the ability to click a computer mouse, please consider donating (the button is below - all donations are secure). Literally, every single dollar counts! If you can come support us on September 11 in D.C., we'd love to have you there!
If you would like to volunteer with our team, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer with the race organizers for the race itself, please click here - every race needs help! We could not do what we're doing without venues like the Nation's Tri.
Whether you can donate or not, whether you can be there or not, please consider forwarding this link to your family and friends. We think sending some very deserving children to college is worth our efforts. We hope you do, too.
"Giving a little for those who gave all." - The Warrior Triathlon Team