Building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others, is a true example of inspiration and hope for those going through the hardships associated with the military.
Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Arizona Team, a performance-driven company focused on commitment, community involvement and personal development, recently participated in the 9th Annual Pat’s Run. Pat’s Run is organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation and is a 4.2 mile walk/run around Tempe and Arizona State University. Arizona Team chose the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Pat’s Run event because they believe in the power of a positive environment and the mission that Pat’s Run instills on the community.
As a leader in direct sales and entrepreneurship, Arizona Team believes that the human spirit and a drive for success is a natural complement to giving back to the community. Pat’s Run was filled with inspiration and hope for all who participated. Arizona Team is proud to be a part of such a fantastic event.
About the Pat Tillman Foundation:
The Pat Tillman Foundation is an organization that provides support and invests time and resources to military veterans and their spouse through educational scholarships. The Pat Tillman Foundation’s mission: building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others, is a true example of inspiration and hope for those going through the hardships associated with the military. The Pat Tillman Foundation is an honorary name for the athlete and hero--Pat Tillman.
In 2001, tragic events lead to a turning point in Tillman's NFL career. It was September 11, 2001 when an attack on US grounds lead to thousands of innocent casualties. This was a day Pat Tillman would never forget. Soon after the US invaded Afghanistan, Tillman placed his football dreams on hold and enlisted with the United States Military. With this decision, he was forced to give up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL. This immediately attracted the media and the opinions poured in. Some could not fathom the idea of Tillman ending the perks of a professional athlete in order to fight on the frontline for his country. This quickly led to skeptical public.
No matter what opinions came in, Pat Tillman moved forward in his decision and went through training with one of his brothers to become an Army Ranger. Tillman served in many operations, one of which would lead to the end of his life.
On April 22, 2004, Tillman was mysteriously killed while on an operation in Afghanistan. The military would not confirm the cause of death and this spiraled into a scandal and huge investigation. Making it to the federal level with thousands of unclear documents and hundreds of different stories to what actually happened, this remains a mystery unsolved to this day.
Pat's Run is built around celebrating Pat Tillman's legacy. The race is all about the number "42". This number was Pat Tillman's jersey number for both ASU and the Arizona Cardinals. The run started 9 years ago in 2004 where it immediately attracted 28,000 runners and walkers. Today, 9 years later there are more than 35,000 runners and walkers.
The 9th Annual Pat's Run was held on 4.20.13. It is 4.2 miles in distance and ended on the 42 yard line inside of the Sun Devil's Stadium. This was an opportunity for almost 30,000 individuals to come together in support of one cause and one person's decision to fight for his country. In fact, many other cities have taken on "shadow runs" in order to keep the awareness and support going nation-wide. Last year alone 25 U.S. cities held shadow runs. In addition, the ASU Alumni Association along with deployed service members hosted two Troop runs on foreign-soil military bases and in Texas. This year the ASU Alumni Association will be holding twenty-nine informal Shadow Runs around the nation along with two Troop Runs will be taking place in Afghanistan.
In addition to supporting the Pat Tillman Foundation and Pat's legacy, Pat's Run encourages many people over the world to create their own legacy through the Tillman Military Scholars program. This program motivates active and veteran servicemen and servicewomen to create a career for themselves by covering the funds and expenses such as housing and child care associated with obtaining a degree.
About Arizona Team:
Arizona Team is a leading outsourced sales and marketing company in the Phoenix market. Arizona Team is a company focused on entrepreneurship, community involvement and personal development. This year alone, Arizona Team intends on exceeding its goal of over 1000 man hours of work raising money as well as awareness to local and national causes. For more information about Arizona Team, visit arizona-team.com.