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Never Quit Challenge

What is the Never Quit Challenge? NEVER QUIT CHALLENGE – A Personal Water Craft Adventure to benefit select veteran’s charities.

The NQC is an Invitational Personal Water Craft Adventure vetted by Special Operations Warriors, Wounded Warriors and Military Veteran teams onboard Kawasaki Ultra LX® JET SKIs®.

The NQC was an original request for a special operations warrior whom was interested in a training challenge via water in 2012. A year of preparations ensued after September 11, 2012 and the NQC was created with a charity driven foundation.

The NQC was designed to complete on the anniversary of 9-11 in New York City NY. 1,600 nautical miles covered by sea and support teams by land with vehicles and trailers.

The event is a comprehensive training opportunity of endurance, underway time, navigation and boat handling skills during hurricane season. There are a total of six teams selected for the NQC. The Never Quit Challenge is a moving memorial tribute to those lost brothers during OIF and OEF.

The Never Quit Challenge charities are the following: 1. Phoenix Patriot Foundation

2. The Station Foundation 3. Boot Campaign

Supporting charities are the Connected Warrior Foundation www.ConnectedWarrior.org and the Special Operations Survivors www.specialopssurvivors.org

All proceeds go towards these charities. You can make a financial contribution to any of them. GBNF: Dealer 54, Turbine 33, Extortion 17, Ozzi 72

Homepage:

www.NeverQuitChallenge.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NeverQuitChallenge

Contact: NeverQuitEthos@gmail.com

Mission Essential and PPF Team up to Provide Leadership Training

New York, NY–After a hugely successful weekend spent with the coaches and staff of the New York Jets, Mission Essential and PPF have partnered together to maximize impact of their training programs offered to a multitude of Fortune 500 Companies and professional sporting organizations. Last weekend's event specifically focused on leadership and team building through Special Forces inspired physically exhausting drills. It was after PPF's combat wounded veterans addressed the coaches and staff of the NY Jets in a formal speaking forum that the terms 'to thrive during adversity' and took on new meaning. Jason VanCamp, Mission Essential's CEO and former Army Special Forces operator, said "Mission Essential is honored to work with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation. Our combined skills profoundly impacted the New York Jets coaching staff and provided an unbelievably successful and realistic user experience. The New York Jets are committed to working with Mission Essential and the PPF for the rest of the 2012 NFL season. Mission Essential is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Foundation, and the Robert R. Pirelli Memorial Fund."

PPF sponsored two combat wounded veterans to attend this training because both of these young, severely wounded Marines want to become motivational speakers after they are discharged from military service. Jared Ogden, founder of PPF, who over saw this event stated "This made complete sense for a whole lot of reasons, but as it relates to [the veterans PPF sponsored], they want to be public speakers after the Marine Corps—there is no better place for them to fine tune the content and delivery of their speeches than this group of high caliber and intimidating gentlemen and set themselves up for future employment."

K38 Rescue Proudly Presents the Phoenix 500 World Series

San Diego, CA–Phoenix Patriot Foundation, in association with K38 Rescue and Diablo Jet Ski Action 'Outlaw Racing' is proud to announce the Phoenix Patriot 500 World Series, a professional JET SKI® racing series in which combat-wounded veterans will participate in four endurance races. This World Series championship serves as a follow up to an event held on November 19, 2011. Three combat wounded veterans participated in a grueling 135 mile trek through the dynamic, unforgiving ocean conditions of the Pacific Ocean on Kawasaki JET SKI® watercraft. "Last November was more than just an ocean race on Jetskis," explains Phoenix Patriot Foundation founding member, Dave Small, "we got to know each veteran on a personal level in a challenging, but safe environment, and how we could continue to assist them in returning to a life of service to our nation and their communities."

This is Phoenix Patriot Foundation's first-phase initiative utilizing Ultra models of Kawasaki JET SKI's® to assist in rehabilitation, promote a competitive mindset, and return to being comfortable in a new body transformed through combat injuries.

Race dates and locations for the Phoenix Patriot 500 to be released later next month.

Phoenix Patriot Foundation Contact: Jared Ogden CEO/Founder jared@phoenixpatriotfoundation.org Phone: 619-772-2204

K38 Rescue Contact: Shawn Alladio K38Rescue@gmail.com

Phoenix Patriot Foundation Partners with Wounded Marine To Address Washington Redskins

Washington, DC–On January 2, 2012, Phoenix Patriot Foundation arranged for Corporal Todd Love, a Marine who, in 2010, lost both legs and half his left arm to an improvised explosive device, to address the NFL's Washington Redskins at their final team meeting of the season. Phoenix Patriot Foundation assists combat wounded veterans in finding ways to serve post-injury. Love seeks to serve as a motivational speaker and to share his inspiring story with others, and is being mentored by former Navy SEAL and NFL linebacker, Clint Bruce. Of Love, Bruce said, "Todd exemplifies the reasons why I make every effort to build companies and create employment opportunities for combat wounded veterans. [Todd] is everything any CEO is looking for—intelligent, funny, and most importantly, he able to adapt to any situation. Most people would be timid in front of an NFL team, but not Todd; his confidence and maturity far exceeds his age." Bruce will continue to mentor Love, and help him prepare for future speaking engagements, including addressing other NFL and NCAA teams and Fortune 500 companies.

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins were moved by Love's humility, presence, and perseverance. Chris Cooley, Redskins tight end, when referring to Love said, "I thought it was amazing. They did a fantastic job. It was very inspiring. It really puts into perspective what we do."

Phoenix Patriot Foundation founder and CEO, Jared Ogden, who attended the meeting and matched Love with his mentor, stated, "Todd makes me proud. He demonstrates why we give back in this capacity, and epitomizes our overarching purpose as an organization. We look forward to working with him again in the future."

Pastrana Waltrip Racing Teams Up With Phoenix Patriot Foundation at Phoenix

San Diego, CA –Pastrana Waltrip Racing is teaming with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) to host a group of wounded veterans during next month’s NASCAR race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12th and 13th. PPF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist in the independent, life-long sustainability of wounded veterans and their reintegration into society.

Pastrana Waltrip Racing Co-Owner Blake Bechtel jumped at the opportunity to provide the wounded veterans with such a unique NASCAR experience.

“Even though Pastrana Waltrip Racing will not compete at Phoenix, I felt like this was an opportunity to show these guys a good time at the track and support PPF,” said Bechtel. “Pastrana Waltrip Racing and NASCAR is a great vehicle to promote awareness to the American public as well as cultivate unique experiences for our troops that were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

While at the races the wounded veterans will meet with several NASCAR drivers, serve as honorary members of the No. 00 TUMS’s pit crew, and tour the NASCAR garage and team race haulers.

Jared Ogden, the founder of PPF, is a Navy SEAL and started the foundation after his teammate and friend lost both legs to an improvised explosive device.

“This is a lot more than a weekend trip to the track,” explains Ogden. “It is the first step to building trust with vets and identifying exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives and how they want to continue their service. I am very appreciative of PWR and Blake (Bechtel) for creating this opportunity to allow our creative approach to once again find passion following injuries sustained in combat.”

With the support of Pastrana Waltrip Racing, PPF is providing this NASCAR experience with the hope it will aid in the continued healing process of the wounded veterans and help them find a renewed passion for life.

Trident Outdoor Adventure Pledges Support to Phoenix Patriot Foundation

San Diego, CA –Trident Outdoor Adventure announces their support towards Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) for special events during 2012. Trident Outdoor Adventure’s owner, Darrin Isham stated, “We are very excited to support PPF and their mission through our ability to provide crucial assets and resources to support a multitude of activities. Our first official event with PPF is scheduled for next month and we look forward to getting on the water with the wounded veterans.” Trident Outdoor Adventure will provide boat and safety support during The Purple Heart Patriots’ Challenge which is an awareness ride from San Pedro, Los Angeles County to Coronado, California on behalf of PPF.  This event is the launch of a professional JET SKI® competition series called the ‘Phoenix Patriot 500’ scheduled for the 2012 season from April to August. “There is no better way to rebuild confidence and gain comfort with one’s body than through this”, states Jared Ogden, the founder of PPF, ‘because it combines high horsepower machines with the all the elements the ocean will bring.”

PPF is excited about the relationship with their newest sponsor Trident Outdoor Adventure. This partnership assists in the development and implementation of high adventure, confidence building events for our nation’s combat wounded veterans and is a crucial step in the recovery process.

Phoenix Patriot Foundation Presents Purple Heart Patriots' Challenge

San Diego, CA – Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) in association with K38 Water Safety is proud to announce the Purple Heart Patriots' Challenge. Military personnel who have received a Purple Heart in Iraq or Afghanistan are riding Kawasaki jet skis in a grueling trek through dynamic, unforgiving ocean conditions.

Dates: Friday, November 18, 2011 — Team Preparations Saturday, November 19, 2011 — 6:00 am Launch
Distance: 135 miles
Where: The Pacific Coast, San Pedro, California to the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado

These Patriots will cover 135 miles through cold, rough Pacific Ocean conditions. Four greeting stations will be available for the public to show their support of these warriors as they operationally integrate post-combat injuries. Our hope is to provide a vehicle and means by which they can realize that their capabilities are not limited.

The Purple Heart Patriots' Challenge is PPF's first-phase program utilizing Kawasaki jet skis to assist in rehabilitation, create a competitive mindset, and return to being comfortable in a new body transformed through combat injuries. Various military brethren will be riding alongside these Patriots—heroes united.

Please join us at one of the greeting stations or at The Local in downtown San Diego (4th and C in the Gas Lamp) for festivities following this great event on November 19th!

Purple Heart Patriot Greeting Stations (Time of day to be released closer to race day): 1. Los Angeles County-San Pedro, Cabrillo Beach 2. Orange County-Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point Jet Ski 3. San Diego County-Oceanside Harbor 4. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado Community Center

PPF Contact: Jared Ogden CEO/Founder jared@phoenixpatriotfoundation.org Phone:  619-772-2204

Water Safety Contact: Shawn Alladio – K38 K38Rescue@aol.com

Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) Mountain Bike Team Displays Grit at Leadville Trail 100

San Diego, CA – The Phoenix Patriot Foundation Mountain Bike Team completed their signature race, Leadville Trail 100, in Leadville, Colorado on August 13th. This race is internationally recognized as the most grueling 100 mile mountain bike race on the planet. The team was met with immediate support and gratitude by the mountain bike community and Ken Chlouber, co-founder of Leadville Trail 100, who supported PPF by introducing the team and sharing our mission in front of a crowd of 1,900 supporters during the event's iconic pre-rider's meeting. During Mr. Chlouber's opening remarks, he said, "when you see these Navy SEALs quit, then you can quit… until then, no one quits. Not only will the team never quit, but they now ride with a heightened sense of purpose — to share, preserve, and further the critical mission of PPF and finished with a profound sense of accomplishment and pride.

Ignoring fatigue and dehydration when crossing the finish line as a team and after nearly 10 hours of constant, grueling physical strain, the team has set even higher marks for next year. Guy McDermott, team captain stated, "Our goal for next year is to bring a wounded veteran to the Leadville Trail 100 as a guest of honor and to share our passion for the race and our belief that service never stops."

You can find the team's blog by visiting: www.ppfmtb.blogspot.com.

12HRS of SOCAL Teams up with Phoenix Patriot Foundation

San Diego, CA – 12 HRS of SOCAL, a San Diego based endurance mountain bike race series, is very enthusiastic about their new sponsorship with Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) set to begin on January 22 at 12 Hours of Temecula marking the beginning of the 2011 racing season. For the most current schedule of races please visit www.12hrsoftemecula.com - find out how to become a participant in one of next year’s races or share in the excitement as a spectator and visit the PPF tent where you can meet the Flyin’ Frogs and buy a Navy SEAL jersey. Jason Ranao, owner and director of SOCAL Races, has gotten to know dozens of service members over the past decade and when he learned about PPF and their mission, he said ‘this sponsorship just seemed like a natural fit and I am happy to use this venue as a means to generate public awareness and revenue for such a noteworthy cause.’ PPF is excited for the 2011 racing season and the opportunity this will create to share our mission with the America public.