Below, you will find information about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Please read about this great charity, and continue to the bottom where I explain why I chose this particular cause to donate my efforts to.
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 are some 50,000 military special operations and support personnel stationed in units throughout the United States and overseas bases.
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.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so the family and loved ones can immediately travel to be bedside.
To date, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided over $700,000 to wounded special operations personnel.
A lot of my friends have been turning 21 and have been planning their 21st birthday festivities. Most of those plans include going to the bars or going on trips, but I wanted to do something unique, something no one else has done before. I have been a triathlete for over three years now and I am always looking for ways to push my strength and endurance. So I wanted to do a triathlon that was unique to my birthday, but seeing as there are no races around here at this time of the year, I had to come up with my own. So the idea of a 21-themed triathlon was born. I decided I was going to swim 2.1 miles, bike 21 miles, and run 21 miles on my 21st birthday, March 23.
Recently, on a training run, I was thinking about David Goggins and the cause that he races for. He competes in extreme distance races to raise money for children of fallen Special Operators so that they can go to college. This cause really hit home because I am a college student myself and for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to train and join the Special Operations community. So I decided, rather than doing 44.1 miles for myself on my birthday, I would do it for a cause.
David Goggins inspired me to not only attempt this daunting feat, but to do it for the great men who risk and sacrifice their lives for this great country. So, because I cannot join the military just yet, I can do something now to pay a tribute to the Special Operations community by raising funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Please feel free to donate to this great cause. If you cannot make a monetary donation feel free to come out and support me on March 23, 2011, during any or all of the swim, bike and run. Thank you and God Bless you and our Troops.