2019 NYC Benefit
On the evening of March 7th, the ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel was packed with loyal supporters and distinguished guests including members of the United States Armed Forces, the Royal Thai Navy, and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Gold Star and Surviving Families. Attendees were gathered together for the Navy SEAL Foundation’s 11th NYC Benefit which focused on the significant topic of teamwork, something near and dear to our hearts here at Kill Cliff. Speakers at the event included former Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis and SOCM (Ret.) Britt Slabinski who presented the Navy SEAL Foundation Fire in the Gut Award to the Royal Thai Fleet Naval Special Warfare Command. This year’s event raised over $9 million in support of the NSF! Check out the Foundation’s latest video TEAMWORK, by clicking here.
GORUCK Becomes NSF’s Newest Official Partner!
At Kill Cliff we are always excited to hear about new companies and brands that have joined the family of Official Partners supporting the NSF. The latest is gear and event brand, GORUCK. GORUCK was founded by former Green Beret, Jason McCarthy after
he left active duty service in 2008. The company grew from a gear-based retail business into a lifestyle and event brand pioneering rucking as a fitness activity. Under this new Partnership, all races in the Navy SEAL Foundation’s 2019 Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K series will include a GORUCK participant category with the GORUCK registration proceeds benefiting the NSF. Additionally, GORUCK will hold an annual virtual fundraiser in support of the Foundation. This virtual challenge will allow participants to register online and complete rucking-based activities in support of the NSF no matter where they’re geographically located. The partnership allows GORUCK and the NSF to simultaneously meet their common goal of supporting our nation’s Special Forces. To participate in an NSF Joggin’ for Frogmen GORUCK Challenge, please visit www.jogginforfrogmen.com. And bring some Kill Cliff with you on race day!
Navy SEAL Foundation Summer Camps and Scholarships
Every summer, the Navy SEAL Foundation offers seven sessions of their wildly popular summer camps for qualified NSW children and teens. These specialized and private camps are designed specifically for the NSW community and are located in Virginia, California, and Hawaii to maximize participation. This year’s registration period is already off to an amazing start with almost 1000 NSW campers registered in the first few days!
The first round of the 2019 NSF scholarships is also underway and closed in mid-February with 295 applications completed, a 13% increase over 2018 application numbers! In total for round one, the NSF awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 70 high school or college age dependents, 102 active duty service members, 106 spouses of active duty service members, and 17 SEAL/SWCC veterans. Congratulations to these scholarship recipients!
Active Duty Wounded, Ill and Injured Support
This month, the NSF supported 31 wounded, ill and injured requests including the support of an active duty SEAL who suffered a stroke while on a training trip. The NSF responded immediately with funding for his spouse to be at his bedside, childcare for their children and a flight for the service member’s mother to be with the children. We were happy to learn that the SEAL made a full recovery without any lingering signs or symptoms from the stroke.
The NSF also routinely provides logistical family support, necessary rehabilitation equipment, veteran medical support for combat sustained injuries, casualty checks, medical board stipends, respite childcare, and financial assistance for those NSW members in need. And they cover the cost of medical equipment that is not funded by TRICARE but is deemed essential to healing and improved quality of life for the service member.
The Navy SEAL Foundation held its first 2019 Professional Development and Transition Symposium on the East Coast on March 27th. The symposium was attended by over 100 transitioning warriors, family members, NSW service providers and transition partners. In addition to highlighting a variety of transition organizations, this year’s symposium features a panel of psychologists, clinicians, and executive coaches with the goal of normalizing various aspects of the transition process while helping transitioning NSW personnel and spouses view transition with a positive perspective.
Sign Up for a Frogman Swim!
In January 2010, a group of dedicated friends and patriots established the now famous Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (TBFS). Back then, just 39 swimmers, safety kayakers, and about 30 onlookers braved the cold Tampa Bay weather to raise $34,000 in support of a SEAL officer who had been severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. Fast forward to 2019, and the TBFS, an official Navy SEAL Foundation fundraising event, has raised millions in support of the Naval Special Warfare community and last year, the TBFS was rated the #7 Open Water Swim in the US by The Daily News of Open Water Swimming! In 2016, due to the overwhelming success and popularity of the TBFS, the San Francisco Frogman Swim (SFFS) was established, and this year we are excited about the newest member of the Frogman Swim Series, the Boston Frogman Swim (BFS). Want to see what you’ve got in the water? Registration is now open for both San Francisco and Boston. To learn more about the Frogman Swim Series, please visit www.frogmanswim.com.