At the Pat Tillman Foundation, we honor our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their families on a daily basis. And each November, as communities throughout the country gather to recognize Veterans Day, it provides a unique opportunity to highlight Foundation activities, Tillman Military Scholar recognitions and Scholar-led service. Yesterday marked the end of two weeks of activities as three University of Maryland Tillman Military Scholars participated in the honoring of all active and veteran servicemembers and military families through their participation in a video played during the Maryland vs. Florida State game. At the same time, all nine current Tillman Military Scholars at Mississippi State University were joined by Pat Tillman Foundation Director of Programs Hunter I Riley for an on-field recognition during the first half of their football game versus other partner institution University of Arkansas.
(LtoR) Mike Bryant, Charles Pease, Keeley Tatum, Brandon Stuckey, Samantha Hill, Mark Edwards, Jordan Lohman, Catherine Turner, Janice Cunningham and Hunter I Riley attend a Tillman Military Scholar recognition dinner at Mississippi State University.
In addition to this weekend’s activities, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Tillman Military Scholars (“TMS”) honored our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and military families in a variety of ways leading up to Veterans Day.
From service – among other projects, TMS Antoinette Bardunias joined The Mission Continues to fix up a school playground in Philadelphia.
To press – Marie Tillman made an appearance on The Today Show on Veterans Day to discuss the work of the Foundation.
To performing – TMS Rich Blake emceed the event “Home: A Veteran’s Day Tribute” in Baltimore.
To running – TMS Ryan Reynolds ran a 5K in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to support our national cemeteries.
To the launch of the Foundation text campaign – Marie and Arizona Cardinal Darnell Dockett asked the fans at the Cardinals vs. Seahawks game to give back.
To the opening of Pat’s Run registration – sign up here.
To public recognitions – among others, the five University of Oregon Tillman Military Scholars were honored by President Lariviere and the two Cleveland State University Tillman Military Scholars were recognized by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga Community Veterans Service Commission and their institution at a ceremony held at Cleveland City Hall.
(LtoR) Samuel Bennett, Bryan Boender, Kelly Christensen, Justin Jangraw and Caleb Lesselles on stage with President Lariviere to be publicly acknowledged as the University of Oregon’s five 2010-2011 Tillman Military Scholars.
In total, over 20 Tillman Military Scholars participated in service over the past two weeks ranging from planting trees at a Washington, D.C. elementary school to volunteering at the Oklahoma Veteran’s Home. And over 25 Tillman Military Scholars led or participated in recognition ceremonies, parades and events.