Boston Athletic Association Chooses Homes for Our Troops as one of the 21 Official Charities to Benefit from the 112th Boston Ma
Runners can now join the effort to build homes, and rebuild the lives of our severely wounded service members.
August 28, 2007
Boston, MA The Boston Athletic Association has announced that Homes for Our Troops has been chosen as one of the 21 official charities that will take part in the 2008 Boston Marathon Charity Program. Runners will get not only the chance to run a world class marathon but we have the opportunity to run on behalf of the thousands of men and women who have been severely disabled while fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Homes for Our Troops has been given 15 “guaranteed entries” in the 112th Boston Marathon held on Patriots’ Day, April 21, 2008 for Team Homes for Our Troops. The organization is actively looking for team members who have a true commitment to our cause, share the desire to raise awareness, and generate funds through individual and corporate sponsorships for our mission. All dollars raised through this program will go directly towards providing specially adapted homes for our most severely wounded soldiers and Marines. **All runners must be at least 18 years of age by April of 2008, be capable of completing the marathon in less than six hours, and raise a minimum of $3,000 for Homes for Our Troops.
Homes for Our Troops will be accepting applications for “Team HFOT” from qualified and non-qualified runners starting September 5, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. The deadline for applications is October 25, 2007 and we will be choosing our team and notifying team members by October 31, 2007.
For an application or for more information, please contact Dawn Teixeira at 508-823-3300 or download or fill out and submit the application online at www.homesforourtroops.org/bostonmarathon08
Benefits of Joining Team HFOT
Satisfaction of running on behalf of our wounded soldiers and Marines and their families
Experience running in the historic, world class Boston Marathon
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Team members will raise funds to honor their American Hero, someone in their life who has made sacrifices to defend our county. If the team member has no direct connection with a hero, Homes for Our Troops will team up a hero with the runner.
About Homes for Our Troops
Founded on February 4, 2004, Homes for Our Troops is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization building specially adapted homes for disabled veterans of war. The organization is strongly committed to assisting disabled and seriously injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and enlisting the help of professional contractors to volunteer on the homes built for our American Heroes who have given up so much to defend America.
Since 2004, Homes for Our Troops have helped many wounded veterans by providing handicap accessible homes at no cost to the veterans or their families. We now have 35 home projects completed or underway across the country.
Homes for Our Troops has also received awards and recognition from many sources for their efforts some examples:
**President Bush’s December 7, 2004 Address to the Troops at Camp Pendleton, CA
**Daughters of the American Revolution 2006 Medal of Honor
**2005 & 2006 Newman’s Own Award
**ENR Top 25 Newsmakers Award 2005
**Home Magazine’s 2005 Home Shelter Award
**Oval Office Meeting with President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
**Office of the Secretary of Defense Meal for Exceptional Public Service
About Boston Athletic Association Charity Program
The Boston Marathon Charity Program enables selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes. In 2006, approximately 1,200 participants, representing 18 charities, raised more than $7.5 million.
About the B.A.A. - Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running.
About the Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks among the most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race via time qualification