On June 19, 2015, fun was had, clubs were swung, and friendships were formed. Golfers across the country participated in the 2nd annual golf fundraising event called “Longest Day of Golf for the Troops”. The participants teed off at the crack of dawn and played until the sun went down. The largest gathering of golfers was at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, MN. This location had twenty golfers participate, with an estimated 1,250 holes played with one single golfer playing 100 holes! Vincent Moore, golfing in Baltimore, Maryland, participated in the event as well. Moore completed 54 holes, and raised almost $1,500 for veterans.
This event was inspired by the book and movie, “The Longest Day,” honoring those who fought for our freedom on D-Day in Normandy (June 6, 1944). The Longest Day of Golf for the Troops is played on a single day over the Summer Solstice, which is the longest weekend of the year.
Among the participants were veterans Tim Ngo, Derek Goodridge, Neil Tollefsrud, Randy McCallum, and Vincent Moore. Jeff Locke, MN Vikings punter, also participated in the event saying, “Both my father and grandfather served in the military and I have a great appreciation for the sacrifices that all of our veterans and their families have made for our country… I hope to raise as much money as I can for this event to continue giving back and supporting veterans here in Minnesota and across the country.” Thanks to the hard work and fundraising efforts of the participants, $23,568 was raised for Tee It Up for the Troops and our partner charitable organizations serving the needs of fallen and disabled veterans and their families. A huge thank you to all those who participated and for your efforts in making this event a huge success in support of America’s veterans!
Through a generous partnership with Textron Specialized Vehicles, Tee It Up for the Troops recently donated a street ready six passenger EZ GO golf cart for the Adaptive Sports and Recreation program at the Military Advance Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda.
The golf cart will allow the rehabilitation staff to meet increased demands for transport of returning service members with disabilities to the various athletic facilities located on base for treatment.
Disabled service members will also have increased access to base resources which will provide for additional opportunities for independent exploration of adaptive sports and recreation, stimulating patient mental and physical capabilities in hopes that they utilize their experiences when transitioning back into their communities.
COL Matthew St Laurent, Chief, Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation expressed his appreciation of this donation stating, “As usual, TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS has provided us with remarkable support and we cannot thank you enough on behalf of our staff and patients, their families, and our rehab mission …Thank you for your ongoing support of our Warrior Rehab mission.”
Do you have unwanted golf clubs packed in the corner of your garage? Tee It Up for the Troops has partnered with 2nd Swing so you can donate those golf clubs and benefit Tee It Up for the Troops!
The process is simple. All you have to do is ship your used and unused golf equipment to 2nd Swing. 2nd Swing will assess the value of your donation. That value will then be donated to Tee It Up for the Troops and a donation receipt will be sent within 3-4 weeks of receiving donation.
Donating equipment is another way to help support Tee It Up for the Troops. By converting your unwanted golf equipment into a cash donation to Tee It Up for the Troops, you will help grow and benefit our organization and the veterans we support!
There’s still more than two months left in 2014 but we’re already overwhelmed by all the support and effort of our partners, organizers, participants, donors, sponsors, and especially all our military veterans and families. Putting on these special charitable golf events to help fund and support our disabled veterans takes much time and effort by our partners. We can’t express how deeply blessed we are to have so many people engage and support the mission of our organization.
Whether you’ve ever attended one of our special fundraising events or are an active participant or volunteer, we’ve put together this short video capturing the essence of some of our 2014 charitable golf events.
Remaining Golf Events in 2014 to Support Our Veterans
The SeaCliff tournament is one of many tournaments providing an opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women. Attendees include military families, fellow patriots, honored wounded warriors and active duty military guests. In addition to a great day of golf, incredible on-course food and drink, and a fabulous dinner banquet, guests and sponsors have the opportunity to view military displays and experience the thrill of a fly-over. This memorable event touches the hearts of all in attendance!