The signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Pat’s Run is held in late April to commemorate the day Pat Tillman lost his life while serving in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment. For those unfamiliar with his legacy, in 2002 Pat Tillman put an all-star NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country in the wake of the attacks of 9/11. In 2004, after Pat’s death, his family and friends founded the Pat Tillman Foundation with a $1.25 million pledge to Arizona State University to create the Tillman Scholars-ASU Leadership Through Action TM program at the W.P. Carey School of Business. Every year, 60 new visionary Tillman Military Scholars are added to the community, building on Pat’s legacy, principles and commitment to service.
Motivated by Tillman’s ultimate sacrifice
“I believe the reason most people enjoy participating in Pat’s Run is because of what it represents and those it assists,” says Jennifer Hannon, Customer Success Manager at CampusLogic and the team’s leader. “It’s a great way for the community to honor Pat and the ultimate sacrifice that he made defending our country. I’m proud of the turnout every year from the Arizona community… it’s nice to see how loved and appreciated Pat was by the whole state.”
What is Pat’s Run?
A 4.2 mile run/walk— symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat wore as an ASU Sun Devil—Pat’s Run has grown from 5,000 participants to more than 35,000 participants in 2016. The race winds through the streets of Tempe, ending at Sun Devil Stadium.
Supporting Tillman Scholars
Funds raised at the event empower Tillman Scholars through academic scholarships. Every year, the Pat Tillman Foundation receives thousands of applications from Post-9/11 military veterans and their spouses nationwide. Up to 60 of the best-poised leaders, who show strength in character, academic excellence and incredible potential, are chosen as Tillman Scholars. They are individuals who will apply the best lessons they’ve learned in life and the military to impact the country for years to come in medicine, business, law, science, education and the arts.
“The foundation benefits such a worthy cause,” Hannon explains. “As someone that grew up in a military family and has been in higher education for so many years, its seems like a perfect combination to support.”
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