Friday, April 29, 2016

Team Hope For The Warriors Newsletter: April

Team Hope For The Warriors has bibs for the following SOLD OUT events:

For Team Members in North Carolina register for the following Run For The Warriors Races:

Below is the 2016 Team Hope For The Warriors schedule: 
5/6 Monumental Mile, 7pm in Lewisburg, PA
5/14 11th Annual Run for the Warriors, Jacksonville, NC*
5/21 Run of Valor, Murphysboro, IL, More dates and locations to come! 


7/4 Oakdale Chamber of Commerce’s Firecracker 5K, Suffolk County, Long Island
7/23 Airborne Tri Team’s 5K Run/Walk/Shadow Run, Suffolk County, Long Island
7/24 Panasonic NYC Tri, New York City    

8/21 7th Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors, Shelton, CT*

9/25 6th Annual Harmon Meadows Run For The Warriors, Secaucus, NJ*

10/16 3rd Annual DMV Run For The Warriors, Fairfax Station, VA*
10/23 7th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors, Chicago, IL*
10/31 Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC*

11/6 TCS NYC Marathon, New York City
11/12 9th Annual Long Island Run For The Warriors, Lindenhurst, NY*

*Event is handcycle friendly
Registration sites to come for each event!

Did you know?: Sponsor A Warrior
You can Sponsor a Warrior to participate in different events? Hope For The Warriors has sponsorship opportunities for the community to support Warriors in all Team Hope For The Warriors events.

Sponsorship can range between $200, for a local Run For The Warriors race, or up to $5000+, to support adaptive equipment, travel, and lodging at larger events. Please email Steve Barto, to learn how you can sponsor a warrior.

Did you know?: Corporate Matching
Hope For The Warriors works with organizations that participate in corporate matching.  Be sure to ask your employers or check with your HR department to find out if your company offers corporate matching.  

Team Member Section: Michael Roesch and Daria Smith

US Air Force Veteran, Michael Roesch, will not slow down. Through injuries and setbacks he continues to participate in endurance events in support of veterans on Team Hope For The Warriors. 

Michael served in the Air Force from 1999 to 2003. His transition after service was challenging; he described himself as “rough around the edges” and was not prepared for the adjustment back to civilian life. Michael grew up a military brat, and once he left the Air Force he lost the warrior culture that had surrounded him his entire life. However, through fitness and physical challenges, Michael found a place to call home through Hope For The Warriors.

Beyond his resiliency, Michael has a secret weapon that keeps him going—his girlfriend, Daria Smith. In his own words, “She does not allow me to be a lesser version of myself.” Daria participates in every endurance event with Michael and offers immense support. Both are pillars in the Team Hope For The Warriors community and inspire us all to become the best versions of ourselves.

Read more about Michael and Daria here!

Program Information:

Charity Navigator:
For the 5th year in a row, Hope For The Warriors® has received a four-star rating on Charity Navigator. This exceptional rating, achieved by only 5% of the nonprofits they evaluate, highlights Hope For The Warriors® financial responsibility to the service members, military families, and families of the fallen we support. Team members can continue to ask people to donate towards fundraising goals with confidence! We invite you to view their latest evaluation of our efforts on the Charity Navigator website.

A Warrior’s Wish®:
This year, Hope For The Warriors will grant 9 wishes to support service members, veterans, and military families. The nature of these Wishes will vary in scope from business, fitness, financial, and outdoor-related. The enrichment process will continue long after the Wish is granted to promote stability within the lives of these heroes and their families. As the Wishes are granted we will share the stories in the upcoming newsletters. Learn more about A Warriors Wish

For more information please contact Steve Barto at

Amputee Awareness Campaign:
Hope For The Warriors recently participated in the MediaplanetUSA Amputee Awareness campaign in which the industry came together to encourage readers to learn more about the over 2 million Americans affected by limb loss as well as gain valuable information on prevention methods. The campaign was distributed through USA Today on April 29th 2016 and is published online. Read the full campaign here:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Series:
The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series has teamed up with everydayhero as their official fundraising platform. You can now run in any Rock ‘n’ Roll event and raise funds for Hope For The Warriors! Every race participant will be asked if they want to fundraise on behalf of their favorite cause during the race registration process. When you register and are asked to choose your charity, pick Hope For The Warriors® and you will automatically be given a Rock ‘n’ Roll everydayhero fundraising page!  

Run For The Warriors:
Save the date for the 2016 Run For The Warriors Race Series:

May 14: 11th Annual Run For The Warriors, Jacksonville, NC
August 21: 7th Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors, Shelton, CT
September 25: 6th Annual Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors, Secaucus, NJ
October 16: 3rd Annual DMV Run For The Warriors, Washington, DC
October 23: 7th Annual ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors, Chicago, IL
November 12: 9th Annual Long Island Run For The Warriors, Lindenhurst, NY

Stay tuned for the 2016 Run For The Warriors® Race Series Registration sites,

Representing the Team:
Be sure to send us an email with your race schedule and where you will be wearing your Team jersey. Each time you wear your jersey, you help our mission to restore self, family, and hope. Feel free to share photos and special stories too!

Important Links For Social Media:
Twitter When you tweet be sure to use #TeamH4W

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