BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – This Veterans Day, an Alabama nonprofit is providing a way to celebrate the holiday as well as give back to those who are serving in the military.
Teams for Troops, based out of Birmingham, raises donations to fund care packages to deployed military personnel.
The care packages include necessity items such as toiletries and snacks as well as sports memorabilia and equipment. Additionally, when the troops return to the United States, they will have the opportunity to attend sporting events with their families free of charge. Furthermore, a portion of donations are used to fund research concerning traumatic brain injury; a growing issue for veterans and athletes alike.
“I saw a problem and thought we could find the best possible solution with respect to what we’re capable of here at home,” Teams for Troops co-founder Jordan Thompson told Yellowhammer. “When military personnel are constantly dealing with physical as well as mental battle scars, professional and collegiate sports provide an escape, if only for a short amount of time.”
“Care packages from Teams For Troops aim to aid those moments, ultimately enhancing troop fandom through morale-boosting supplies affiliated with sports teams from that military unit’s region.”
“They’re fighting for the one team we’re all a part of so help us give them the opportunity to root for the sports team they enjoy the most,” said Thompson. “After all, from the playing field to the battlefield, our troops are fans too.”
Teams for Troops started when three military veterans, Jordan Thompson, Josh Pagonis, and Michael Krause, knew that they could use their passion and knowledge to address military and veterans issues at home and abroad.
This Veterans Day, Teams for Troops is working right here in Alabama to help raise donations to aid our American sports fans deployed across the world.
On Wednesday, November 11, Teams for Troops is partnering with Innisfree Birmingham, Innisfree Tuscaloosa, and Rounders Tuscaloosa to sell a souvenir cup that allows for drink specials throughout the night. The proceeds from the sale of souvenir cups go to Teams For Troops, which in turn will be used for research concerning Traumatic Brain Injuries, shipping of care packages, and purchasing of tickets to sporting events for troops once they return home.
The event begins at 9 p.m., and “your most patriotic attire” is encouraged.
“They’re fighting for the one team we’re all a part of so help us give them the opportunity to root for the sports team they enjoy the most,” says the Teams for Troops website. “After all, from the playing field to the battlefield, our troops are fans too.”
Click here for more information about the Veterans Day Party with Teams for Troops.