Hot off the press! #NeverStop bibs are in… Don’t forget to register for Pat’s Run before discounted registration ends THIS Monday, March 31st. Proceeds support our awesome Tillman Military Scholars: PatsRun.com
This #TillmanTuesday, we’re proud to introduce another one of our 10th Annual Pat’s Run corral leaders: Tillman Military Scholar Mario Soto. Mario is a Green Beret and decorated combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a Bronze Star with Valor for successfully evacuating a young soldier shot in the chest by enemy fire. Motivated by his desire to help wounded warriors persevere and overcome traumatic injuries, Mario will re-commission and complete his residency in Emergency Medicine following graduation at East Tennessee State University. Afterwards, he plans to return to the Special Forces Regiment as a Battalion Surgeon. His challenge to fellow runners at this year’s Pat’s Run: #NeverStop Persevering
Want to join Mario and represent Corral #6 on April 26th? Sign up! Discounted registration for Pat’s Run ends *March 31* at www.patsrun.com
In 1998, Pat was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was only 5-11. At the time, many people doubted his ability to deliver as a starter on the opening-day roster, but Pat never stopped believing in his own potential. He worked hard to live up to it. He answered skepticism by first becoming the team’s starting safety. Then he went on to break the franchise record for tackles in 2000 with 224.
On April 26th, ten years after his death in Afghanistan, we’re running to celebrate Pat’s #neverstop attitude, to work hard, to defy skeptics, and to live up to our own potential in his honor.
Join us: www.patsrun.com
Dreamed of running out of the Tillman Tunnel on national television? Here’s your shot! It’s official: Thanks to Coach Graham, the participant who raises the MOST money to support Tillman Military Scholars before the 10th Annual Pat’s Run gets to run through the Tillman Tunnel with the ASU Football team at a Home Game in the 2014 Football Season.
All you have to do?
*Note: To enter to win, you must be 18 years or older and cannot be a prospective student-athlete as defined by the NCAA
For the 10th Annual Pat’s Run, 28 Tillman Military Scholars will serve as your corral leaders, living reminders of Pat’s “Never Stop” attitude and legacy. This #TillmanTuesday, we’re proud to introduce one of those leaders - Chad Waltz. Chad is a 12-year veteran of three branches of service: Navy, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. As a service member, he’s deeply concerned with rising military suicide rates as a result of unresolved or recurrent trauma exposure. Thanks to your support, he’s earning a Master of Social Work at Arizona State University. His long-term goal is to serve as a licensed social worker to support both veterans and civilians afflicted with invisible wounds. His challenge to fellow runners at this year’s Pat’s Run: #NeverStop Mentoring
Live in the Bay Area? Pat grew up in San Jose, CA and he loved the 408’s work hard/play hard attitude. The San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” is an awesome 8k course that winds through the streets of San Jose in his honor and finishes on famous Santana Row. To date, the event has raised over $20,000 for the Pat Tillman Foundation - it’s Official Charity Partner - and our goal is to smash that number on March 2, 2014! Register for the Team Tillman $408klub, come for the race and stay for the party to honor Pat. The race is 85% FULL so don’t delay! Details: www.the408k.com
Scouting out the team room at Sun Devil Stadium for Pat’s Run. #scholarballer
We’ve got a thing for Marines who don’t take ‘no’ for an answer! Meet USMC Captain Adrian Kinsella, our Tillman Tuesday Scholar of the Week.
Although born in Seattle, Adrian spent most of his childhood in Mexico City, growing up in poor neighborhoods with sporadic electricity, no running water and bad public schools. The experience of his youth left an indelible impression that he carried with him when he deployed with the Marines to Afghanistan in 2010.
As a platoon leader, Adrian served alongside a young Afghan interpreter who had also grown up in impoverished circumstances in war-torn Kandahar. During Adrian’s deployment, the interpreter served the United States selflessly, withstanding enemy fire and IED attacks alongside coalition forces. In retaliation, however, the Taliban tortured and killed his father. Then they kidnapped his 3-year-old brother, threatening the same fate.
Inspired by his interpreter’s service and relentless desire to secure a safe life for his family, Adrian returned home to pursue a law degree as a Tillman Military Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. Today, in addition to his studies, he is advocating for legislation that would extend and improve the Special Immigrant Visa programs for Iraq and Afghan allies. “I know we have a moral obligation to fulfill our promises to these men and women,” he says.
We’re incredibly proud of Adrian for his service and his persistence helping his interpreter both protect his family and fulfill a dream of coming to the United States to earn a college degree too. New developments are expected later this week in their case - so check back for more updates!
Honor the dream. Live up to the challenge. #MLKDay