MARIE TILLMAN TO OPEN SECOND ANNUAL VALOR GAMES MIDWEST

CHICAGO — July 19, 2012 — World Sport Chicago (WSC) welcomes Marie Tillman, the president and co-founder of The Pat Tillman Foundation, as the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Valor Games Midwest and Veterans Career Hiring Expo, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field.

This event brings together active duty service members and veterans with disabilities to promote sports as a means of personal and community development. The Opening Ceremony, Expo and first day of competition are free and open to the public.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at the Opening Ceremony for this wonderful event,” said Mrs. Tillman. “To see so many outstanding individuals who have overcome tremendous obstacles to compete in the Valor Games Midwest is truly inspiring. It is a tribute to their dedication and commitment to never giving up in the face of adversity.”

Named in honor of Mrs. Tillman’s late husband, Corporal Pat Tillman, the Foundation helps carry on the legacy of one of the most publicized heroic figures from the War on Terror. The Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships, building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. The Tillman Military Scholars program was developed in 2008 and has provided help for veterans and their spouses at 14 university partner institutions. Mrs. Tillman also published her first book, “The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life,” in June 2012.

 

After last year’s success, games continue to inspire

Through mid-July, 155 participants have registered for this year’s games. Last year, nearly 100 servicemen and women participated in the inaugural games.  

“The Valor Games Midwest provides inspiration through sports and friendly competition,” said Susan Katz, the director of Paralympic and Disability Sport at World Sport Chicago and a 2004 Paralympic Games gold medalist in women’s wheelchair basketball. “We invite these veterans and service members – and their families, friends and all others interested – to come out and watch the competition. We’re proud to continue Chicago’s tradition of welcoming veterans and active service duty members who are wounded, ill or injured to participate in these events.”

            World Sport Chicago partnered with U.S. Paralympics, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Chicago Park District to host this event. The games begin at Soldier Field with an opening ceremony, followed by field events. The second day features cycling and archery competitions at U.S. Cellular Field. Finally, the event concludes on the third day with powerlifting and indoor rowing at the Chicago Park District’s Armour Square Park.

            This year, the Valor Games Midwest shares the spotlight with the Veterans Career Hiring Event, which is hosted by the America Freedom Foundation and presented by CareerBuilder.

Some of the nation’s largest employers, including Roehl Transport Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Northrop Grumman Corp., Applied Industrial Technologies and AeroTek will participate.

All veterans and their families are welcome to attend this free expo. Attending veterans will have the opportunity to talk with employers, submit qualifications and participate in job interviews throughout the day. Additionally, information about hundreds of resources for veterans and their families, including health screenings, family resources, housing assistance and opportunities for higher education, will be available.

 

Schedule

Aug. 13:

Location: Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus Dr.

Time: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Events: Opening ceremony, field events

Information for Veterans: American Freedom Foundation’s Veterans Career Hiring Event

 

 

Aug. 14:

Location: U.S. Cellular Field parking lot and left field, 333 W. 35th St.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Events: Cycling (upright bicycles, recumbent bikes, handcycles and tandem bikes) and archery (left field)

 

Aug. 15:

Location: Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave. (Chicago Park District, between 33rd St. & 34th St.)

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Events: Powerlifting and indoor rowing

 

To receive more information about this event, visit http://www.valorgamesmidwest.com.

For photos from last year’s Valor Games Midwest, click here: http://bit.ly/ISF0iv.

For video from last year’s event, click here: http://youtu.be/dsWbT2l0F-Q.

 

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ABOUT WORLD SPORT CHICAGO
World Sport Chicago (WSC) is an Illinois nonprofit working to enhance the lives of Chicago’s residents through active participation in sport. The organization focuses on increasing the availability and access of athletic programming for under-served communities. WSC serves as the legacy of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is proud to be designated by the United States Olympic Committee as one of seven national Community Olympic Development Program partners and the co-founder of the Chicago Paralympic Development Program. Recognizing that important values underlie athletics, WSC supports programming in value-based athletics, coach training and establishing new sports programs. Patrick G. Ryan is chairman of the board, William Scherr, an Olympic medalist in wrestling, serves as president; and Scott Myers serves as executive director. For more information, visit http://www.worldsportchicago.org.

 

ABOUT THE PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION

The Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION

The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation organized to honor the men and women of America's armed forces, raise awareness for their service and sacrifices and raise money for various organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families.  Special emphasis is directed to welfare and educational issues facing those wounded in action, those disabled and families and children of veterans killed in action in conflicts throughout the world.  Throughout its short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants in excess of $1.1 million to more than 30 military organizations.  The American Freedom Festivals are a series of concert events that take place across the country featuring music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

 

Media Contacts:

Susan Katz                                                                  Kristin Ellertson / Mack Reynolds

Director of Paralympic and Disability Sport                 The Reynolds Communications Group

World Sport Chicago                                                    (312) 541-9300 ext. 101 / 105

(312) 861-4848                                                             kellertson@reynoldsgroup.com

skatz@worldsportchicago.org                                       mreynolds@reynoldsgroup.com