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Since 2005, Tee It Up for the Troops has hosted more than 415 fundraising events in over 40 states. With the generous support of sponsors and volunteers, these events have allowed us to donate over $9,000,000to more than 325 veteran service organizations that provide critically needed services to help our veterans to heal, transition, grow and thrive. Tee It Up for the Troops targets its support across these critical areas of need:
Treatment of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries: the hidden wounds of war
Suicide Awareness and Prevention: reducing veteran suicides
Employment: veteran unemployment rate is much higher than the national average
Sports and Recreation: both adaptive and rehabilitative
Family and Caregiver Support: strong family + strong caregiver = strong warrior
Housing: homelessness, plus transitional and comfort housing while receiving treatment
We also continue to strengthen veterans through our REUNION program in which we have reunited nearly 300 combat veterans who were separated due to battlefield injuries, changes in rehabilitation, or other reasons beyond their control.
In addition, we are honored to assist veterans in launching their own business through our Operation Heartfirst initiative with Anytime Fitness.
For the 4th year in a row, Tee It Up for the Troops is excited to present an opportunity for an approved veteran, National Guard member or reservist to become an Anytime Fitness Franchisee! This opportunity is for the Fort Riley, KS area with the final location within that market to be chosen by the franchisee (based on location then available at the time of signing a franchise agreement).
We look forward to supporting the Anytime Fitness mission to “Get to a Healthier Place” and offering a unique program to help veterans, National Guard members and reservists to “heal, transition, grow and thrive” by becoming an Anytime Fitness Franchisee.
Tee It Up for the Troops will receive an annual donation from the highly reputable Operation HeartFirst Charitable Foundation. These donations will be used to assist selected veterans, National Guard members and/or reservists who submit applications and would not otherwise have the financial resources to become an Anytime Fitness Franchisee.
Tee It Up for the Troops will accept applications for grants through May 1st for the purpose of assisting with initial start-up capital to be used for the development of an Anytime Fitness franchise. These grants will consist of a cash grant (50 percent of the initial start-up investment up to $125,000) and a loan (remaining 50 percent of the amount needed for the initial investment up to $125,000). Anytime Fitness, LLC has agreed to waive its initial franchise fee and ongoing royalty payment related to this opportunity. Consideration will be given for veterans with service related disabilities.
Tee It Up for the Troops is proud to announce the third recipient of a financial grant designed to help military veterans open their own Anytime Fitness gyms and provide additional employment opportunities for fellow veterans.
This year’s selected recipient, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Hunt, retired as a United States Air Force Technical Sergeant in the Security Forces career field. Deployed six times during her 15 years of service, Liz said, “the gear never got lighter, the terrain never got easier to ruck through, and after listening to my squad talk about (and sometimes experiencing) back and knee pain, I realized the significance of not just keeping myself fit, but ensuring my squad was just as fit (if not more).” Thus began her dream of owning her own Anytime Fitness franchise!
Liz and her husband Corey, a 17 year Major in the Air Force, will use a $125,000 grant and a $125,000 loan as start-up capital to open an Anytime Fitness gym near Fort Rucker in Dothan, Alabama.
After learning that she had been selected, Liz pledged “I, on the core values the military raised me on, pledge to not only paint this town purple with Anytime Fitness’ motto, but to do right and remain humbled at organizations such as yours that never stop serving…that truly embrace the motto of carrying your brother/sister…”
Grand Opening ceremonies for, military veterans, Tristan and Hannah Ambrozewski’s Anytime Fitness gym in Southern Pines, NC – near Fort Bragg – took place on April 12th, 2016.
The very first beneficiaries of a partnership between Tee It Up for the Troops and Anytime Fitness’ Operation HeartFirst initiative are dedicated to helping other military veterans and their families get to a healthier place.
Asked what they would like to say to Operation HeartFirst contributors, Tristan replied, “Three things: Thank you. Thank you. And thank you!”