The NFL supports WWP through the Salute to Service initiative each year. This year-long campaign not only provides critical fuel for WWP programs that focus on mental health, it also provides opportunities for warriors to connect with their peers, communities, and NFL legends through engagement events. These life-changing opportunities provided by the NFL can be a key driver to getting warriors out of their homes and connected with WWP’s lifesaving programs.
NFL & WWP #COMBATSTIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH
The NFL and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) are teaming up to #CombatStigma around mental health. NFL player Kenny Moore and wounded warrior Nick Morrison discussed their mental health struggles and the importance of reaching out for help – this openness is key to making ourselves, our families, our friends, and our communities healthier. Together, we can #CombatStigma.
SEE HOW THE NFL IMPACTS WOUNDED WARRIORS
DECADE OF PARTNERSHIP
In 2021, the NFL and WWP celebrated a decade of partnership. Watch the video and read the story to learn about just a few ways the NFL has impacted the lives of wounded warriors and their families over the last 10 years.
New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Marquez Callaway surprised wounded warrior Diana Bourgeois and presented her with the Rusty Baggett Peer Leader Award for her volunteer efforts helping fellow warriors.
NFL legend Torry Holt surprised wounded warrior Antonio Luciano with the ultimate SoFi Stadium tour and tickets to Super Bowl LVI.
MY CAUSE MY CLEATS
Over the years, NFL players have graciously represented WWP on their cleats to show their support of injured veterans.
HONORARY SUPER BOWL CAPTAIN
The NFL chose wounded warrior James Martin to be one of the three honorary captains at Super Bowl LV to thank him for his efforts in his community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NFL PLAYERS CONNECT WITH WARRIORS DURING PANDEMIC
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL players connected with warriors virtually to thank them for their service and discuss the importance of connection.
Jags players got emotional when they wrote notes of thanks for combat veteran, strength coach, and wounded warrior Sean Karpf. The Jacksonville Jaguars shared this video at their 2019 Salute to Service game and on social media.
Thanks to a $500,000 donation from the NFL, WWP was able to replace the entire fleet of aging Soldier Ride equipment with new adaptive cycles that warriors will use during events across the country. Read Article.
Every year, Packers fan Ted Kopec travels from Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Orlando, Florida for WWP and NFL’s Flag Football event the week of the Pro Bowl. This year, the NFL surprised him with a #RandomActOfGratitude that changed his experience.