March 2018




 

News And Updates From Courage Foundation 

MARCH 2018

A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT

MARK DIVINE

First, I would like to thank you for your support for the Courage Foundation. Together we will make a difference with our mission of helping veterans with PTS recover and live courageously again. 2018 is shaping up to be transformative for our young Foundation. I’m excited to announce the addition of Major (ret.) Joshua Mantz, and CrossFit legend and Army veteran Gregory Amundson, to the Foundation Board of Directors. Their skills, passion and commitment to the veteran community will be invaluable going forward.

Additionally, we are developing partnerships with several other non-profit organizations working in the PTS space to help us develop and deliver immersive training followed by long-term after-care using Unbeatable Mind methods. We’ll share more about this as the program comes into more focus this year.

Our 2018 fundraising has started off with a bang. And… what about those 22 million burpees! We are about 25% of the way to that goal, with over 5 million burpees and $100,000 committed. Amazing… I am very humbled and honored by the response to this crazy but critical initiative. The #BurpeesForVets campaign is a year-long and not too late to get the word out or recruit some boat crew members to help us feed courage and starve fear in these vets who need our help. For more details on #BurpeesForVets, please read on.

Finally, we would like to highlight generous recent contributions and commitments in our Donor Honor Role.

Thanks again to all of you for your continued support!

Donor Honor Roll

During the CF Dinner and Silent Auction, the Lecky brothers, Eddy, Anton, Chris and John, announced that they were pledging $10,000 to the CF. The display of generosity had a ripple effect, spurring others to bid generously on auction items and made the evening outcome beyond our expectations! The Lecky Foundation was founded by their late father John Lecky, the larger-than-life sportsman and entrepreneur. Thank you to the Lecky family!

Mikkel Clark reached out to CF after learning about us through SealFit. Mikkel’s father was retired LTC in the Army serving in both Korea and Vietnam. Mikkel’s father suffered from PTS, and passed away in December of 2016. As the one year memorial of his dad’s death approached, Mikkel decided he would do something special in his memory. Mikkel set-up a crowdfunding page, programmed a memorial WOD for his father and ran an event at the CrossFit gym he coaches at part-time. He raised $1800 to benefit  two veteran organizations, one of which was the Courage Foundation. What’s more, Mikkel works for Apple Inc. Through Apple’s generous matching donation program, that $900 donation became $2700! HOOYAH Mikkel and Apple Inc.

Dr. Scott Russo, orthopedic surgeon, entrepreneur, athlete and Unbeatable Mind coach-in-training has recently offered Courage Foundation a sponsorship through a company he co-owns with business associates. The company is NutriFuel (https://nutrifuelnutrition.com/), which makes high quality protein bars  with organic ingredients. The company has offered to donate $1 from the sale of each bar to the Courage Foundation when the promo code “courage” is used at checkout.  NutriFuel is Courage Foundation’s first corporate sponsor. Give NutriFuel Bars a try on your runs, rucks and rides, and support Courage Foundation at the same time!

Jim Brault, Chief Human Resources Officer Xaar, Author, SealFitter and Unbeatable Mind coach-in-training is donating 25% of the proceeds from his new book A Path of Mastery during the first quarter of 2018. A Path of Mastery imparts lessons Jim learned from Wing Chun Kung Fu mentor Sifu Francis Fong. With over 50 years of experience in Wing Chun Kung Fu, SifuFrancis Fong is recognized as one of the top Wing Chun instructors and martial artists in the world. A Path of Mastery contains lessons taught to Senior Instructor Jim Brault through thousands of hours of training over more than two decades. These lessons can no doubt help you to improve your martial arts ability. Perhaps more importantly, they will also improve your life. This book is your opportunity to learn from one of the great teachers of our time. A Path of Mastery is available at Amazon. Thank you Jim for your generous support, both through this donation and your commitment to #BurpeesFor Vets!

Burpees For Vets Updates

As of publication of this newsletter, Burpees For Vets has 106 fundraisers  who have pledged over $100,000 and over 5 million burpees! In January, the ever-growing team completed nearly 350,000 burpees, on our way to the goal of 22 million. We must keep the momentum growing and continue to pull in more fundraisers to reach our goals, so continue spreading the word! It’s never too late to join the team, if you’d like to help us you can learn more and sign up for the challenge here! http://burpeesforvets.org/

Our awesome friend Jesse Itzler has chosen Burpees For Vets as his #WeDoHardStuff2018 cause of the month for March 2018! Jesse and the 10,000 members of his group could give us a huge boost toward our goal. HOOYAH JESSE AND TEAM! If you aren’t familiar with Jesse’s Facebook group #WeDoHardStuff you need to check it out. http://wedohardstuff.com/about/

Burpees For Vets wristbands available to help spread the word and recruit new teammates. Send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope to our address below and we’ll send you several. HOOYAH!

Courage Foundation

5825 Avenida Encinas #109

Carlsbad, CA 92008

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