Never Quit Challenge 300 is a unique Phoenix Patriot Foundation program featuring and powerful outdoor adventures focused on elite team building, something veterans crave. The 2016 NQC took place in Lake Havasu City AZ on Feb 27th, and this is the second year that PPF veterans participated in the Mark Hahn 300 Memorial endurance race. Our veterans worked in groups with volunteers and former veterans of all commands during the grueling 300 mile race. This race used a dynamic pit crew strategy with support from industry leaders and partner companies. Thank you to our sponsors and supporters; K38, Gold Coast Skydivers, Hydro Turf, Kawasaki Motors Corporation USA providing Kawasaki Jet Skis, River Rat Racing, Liquid Militia Clothing, Romer Beverage, Schulte Family Foundation and our volunteer supporters. #PPFHelpsVets
USMC Veteran, Purple Heart (and Gold Star in lieu of second Purple Heart) recipient Mark Zambon was interviewed by Martin Madert from the Witness to War Foundation. In this excerpt, he discusses how PPF how impacted his life.
This past weekend I (Juan Carlos Hernandez) had the pleasure in participating in the even called Crusher in the Tusha in Beaver Utah. This would have not been possible if I had not met one amazing individual at a different race two weeks prior. I met Shane at the Fire Road Cyclin which is one of the Leadville Race Serie qualifiers, this picture below is us at the finish and this is what he wrote "Had a great time racing the Fireroad 100 in Cedar City with this guy JC. He and I duked it out through out the race and traded pulls until he dropped me in the final 5 miles. Both of us finished 6th in our respective age groups and I was even lucky enough to qualify for a Leadville spot. Had to check out JC's prosthesis after the race to make sure their wasn't a motor in it, he was that impressive. Hopefully we will see him at the Crusher in 2 wks if he can find a spot" Luckily Shane was able to find me a spot and even sponsored me to go out to Utah and race the event. The race was 70 miles of pavement and dirt sections with 10,000 feet of climbing. I finished with a time of 6 hours and 11 minutes and according to Shane I am the first amputee to enter and finished the race. I am forever grateful for the opportunity and blessed to have met such an amazing person with a kind heart. Cycling has not only helped me in my recovery process after losing my leg in Afghanistan, but it has also been the bridge that has helped me go from Military life to civilian by meeting and riding with individuals such as Shane Dunleavy.
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‘Warriors Helping Warriors’ is part of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation’s Mission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Temecula, California, June 26, 2015 - Active Duty, US Navy Veteran Jesse Iwuji is officially representing the Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) through his 2015 NASCAR racing program as our Ambassador! He will be bringing heightened awareness of the programs that PPF provides to combat and injured veterans post 9/11 through his media outreach and competition style as our spokesperson. NASCAR was born from the heritage of traditional American values and our Country’s race fans are strong Patriots!
Jesse Iwuji Racing Ambassadorship, a Patriotic initiative, is a great fit for PPF and will enable PPF to tell your supported Veteran stories to a comprehensive diverse audience. PPF Ambassador advocacy also promotes a public platform for Veterans to be engaged in challenging pursuits, components of PPF program traditions, highly valued by participants.
TEAM EFFORT Jesse stated that, “As a Veteran and blazing this new trail in the NASCAR ranks it wouldn’t be right of me to do this if I wasn’t supporting my fellow Veterans. Teaming up with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation allows us to give back to those who truly matter. It shows our troops, those currently serving, and honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice; that we can live our lives, pursue our personal dreams and passions while enjoying our freedom to do so, freedom that our veterans sacrificed to preserve.”
DETERMINED Jesse’s determination is a perfect fit for life on the track which strongly mirrors four important demands required from each of us when we strive to give our very best; Preparation, Endurance, Teamwork and Effort. Jesse exemplifies PPF values representing service in action.
PARTICIPATE Jesse’s first Ambassador race will be held on the celebration of our Nation’s Independence on the 4th of July! Please join PPF for a pre-race BBQ at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series held at Irwindale Speedway, located at 500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706! Come and meet Jesse’s #77 race team, our PPF staff and Veterans, and stay to celebrate the Holiday with race fans and enjoy the fireworks show. Jesse will be signing autographs and taking photos along with our PPF supporters and friends, with a Barbeque and entertainment by The Phoenix Patriot Band, representing the PPF Music Program. Funds raised at this event will support the PPF Family Program, specifically contributing towards efforts to build ADA SMART homes for two Purple Heart Veterans, Franz Walkup and Mark Zambon.
PATRIOT PARTNERS You can make a difference by supporting your veterans through programs that make a difference in the quality of the lives of veterans. PPF programs and based on ‘Quality not Quantity’. Our Veteran programs thrive year after year as your donations support veterans on their individual journey. To make learn more about Jesse and to find detailed event information, please visit our website at: http://phoenixpatriotfoundation.org/. Your donation is critical to our shared mission, and it will be used to assist post 9-11 combat and wounded veterans by providing scholarships and programs to bring about independence. Your partnership and support can make a difference!
PHOENIX PATRIOT FOUNDATION MISSION
Our Mission at Phoenix Patriot Foundation is to provide direct support to severely wounded and injured veterans enabling them to fully Recover, Reintegrate, and Remain Engaged in serving America or pursuing their passions. We aid each Patriot by developing and implementing an individually-tailored program to ensure independence and lifelong
sustainability. This, in turn, enables our heroes to return to service within their communities and nation. Phoenix Patriot Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Veteran public charity organization; Tax ID 27-3074476.
Ms. Audrey Dalton
Development & Marketing Director
Phoenix Patriot Foundation
Audrey@PhoenixPatriotFoundation.org ; 561-320-2190
The Phoenix Patriot Band appeared at the Avocado Festival on Sunday April 19th in Fallbrook, California. Representing the Music Program of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, this event allowed the Phoenix Patriot Band to showcase the Music Program in front of thousands of people. Approximately 20 volunteers helped to load equipment, set up the stage and prepare for the event. Executive Director Darrin Isham presented Mark Zambon with a music scholarship. Mark gave a moving speech and Phoenix Patriot Foundation is proud to be able to support Mark with his goals.