Observing Memorial Day: Athletes Who Support the Wounded Warrior Project
On May 25, Americans across the nation will be observing Memorial Day as a way to honor the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country’s freedom. One of the very many ways citizens are showing support is by raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization which aims to provide aid for injured service members. Within Thuzio 360 there are over 57 athletes who have contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project and in honor of Memorial Day, we will take a closer look at 3 major sports figures that have shown their dedication to the organization.
Bob Costas –Currently serving as the host of the critically acclaimed NBC pre-game show, Football Night in America, legendary broadcaster Bob Costas has been the winner of over 26 Emmys an
d is the most recent recipient of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Tony Snow Award. Costas became incredibly involved with the Wounded Warrior Project after being introduced to the organization during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Since then he has dedicated his time to being the host of the Wounded Warrior Project Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Due to his continued support and advocacy, Costas was the recipient of the 2014 Tony Snow Award; a distinguished honor designed to recognize a public figure who has made a significant different in the lives of injured service men and women. While Costas is not on social media, he has used his platform as a voice for several other organizations including The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and The Miami Project.
DeSean Jackson -Known for his flashy touchdown celebrations, DeSean Jackson uses his image off the field to advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project and military support efforts. Jackson first became involved with the organization to honor his cousin, Sergeant Jimmy Jackson, a Vietnam Veteran who has earned 2 Purple Hearts and 2 Bronze Stars for his se
rvice. During a visit to Fort Dix in New Jersey, Jackson gave $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project and explained his donation by stating; “The people in the military put their lives on the line for us everyday. I think it’s important to recognize the great service they provide for this country.” The 3-time Pro-Bowler is also a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club and is the founder of the DeSean Jackson Foundation. With over 687,000 followers, Jackson uses his social media as a means to raise awareness for his affiliated foundations.
Jeff Fisher — As the head coach for the St. Louis Rams and residing Co-Chair for the NFL Competition Committee, Jeff Fisher has consistently used his off-season as a way to give back to our armed forces. In 2009, Fisher traveled to the Persian Gulf as well as Iraq to visit bases and troops stationed out there. In 2
011, Fisher was joined by Tedy Bruschi, Chad Lewis and 4 injured service members to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the mission of raising awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. In recognition of his efforts with the non-profit, Fisher was presented with the Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian Award on January 31, 2015. According to his Thuzio 360 profile, Fisher is involved with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.