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Send Our Military to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl




Dec. 12, 2012




Keenan Reynolds
Did you know Navy fans can purchase Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tickets to donate to Midshipmen, active service members and veterans?

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has a program that allows fans to purchase an unlimited amount of tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and then donate to the many military members and their families stationed on the West Coast who would like to attend the game.

Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible and you can even earmark your tickets to the Brigade of Midshipmen, or a specific military organization, military base or veteran's hospital that is a part of the bowl donation program.

Navy (8-4) will face Arizona State (7-5) in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, December 29 at 4:00 PM (ET). Navy is making its ninth bowl appearance in the last 10 years.

Navy has already identified a number of military groups that would like to use tickets to the bowl game and is actively seeking more bowl ticket donations to continue to provide military members and their families this special opportunity to watch Navy play in a bowl game on the West Coast.

In an effort to provide fans with a tangible vision of those who benefit from the bowl donation program, please read the capsules below on examples of who will be receiving donated bowl tickets.

Donate Bowl Tickets Here (or call 1-800-US4-NAVY) | Navy Football Bowl Game Ticket FAQs


Send Midshipmen to the Bowl Game



Brian De La Mora

Brian De La Mora was in the stands watching Navy defeat New Mexico in San Francisco's Emerald Bowl in 2004 as a sixth grader. Eight years later, he'll be back at AT&T Park as a Midshipman Second Class to watch the Navy football team play Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

De La Mora, and hundreds of his classmates, will be taking advantage of the Naval Academy's bowl ticket donation program. Navy fans around the world have been purchasing and donating bowl tickets so the Brigade of Midshipmen and other military organizations can take advantage of the special opportunity to cheer on Navy in a bowl game.

De La Mora is a distance runner on the Naval Academy's cross country and track and field teams. His grandfather served in the Navy during the Korean War and sparked his interest in looking into the Navy and the Naval Academy.

As a Sacramento-area native, De La Mora grew up a little over an hour away from San Francisco and lists the 49ers and the Giants as his two favorite sports teams. Having the opportunity to watch his school's football team play at his hometown baseball team's stadium is something he is relishing.

"I'm really looking forward to this game," De La Mora said. "It's going to be really cool to march on and be on the same field as my favorite team, especially since the Giants just won the World Series."

De La Mora is also looking forward to spending time with his family back in Northern California, and his parents and other family members will also be going to the bowl game.

De La Mora is an oceanography major and hopes to eventually service select Navy Pilot or Naval Flight Officer.




Jill Coughlin
Another midshipman who is receiving a donated ticket to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is junior Jill Coughlin.

Coughlin is a member of the Navy women's lacrosse team and says 15 of her teammates and a dozen company mates will also be traveling to San Francisco to see Navy play Arizona State on December 29.

Coughlin was also able to use a donated ticket as a freshman in 2010 when the Mids played in San Diego's Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State.

Coughlin will spend a night at a teammate's house just outside of San Francisco and is looking forward to touring the city.

"Being able to spend a weekend with your friends, visit their houses and go to the football game is just a really rewarding experience," Coughlin said. "We are going to try to see the sights and get as much in as we can. Being at school in Maryland, it's not often we get to go to California and experience that kind of life."

With Navy entering the game at 8-4 and winners of seven of its last eight games, the Brigade of Midshipmen is looking forward to being on hand to cheer on the team.

"The atmosphere is going to be great," said Coughlin. "It's even more exciting coming after the Army win."

Navy fans around the world can donate Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tickets for the Brigade of Midshipmen and other military groups to use free of charge.

Donate Bowl Tickets Here (or call 1-800-US4-NAVY) | Navy Football Bowl Game Ticket FAQs


Send Active Duty Military Members to the Bowl Game



Send active duty Marines to the bowl game

Over 50 Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment will be attending the Navy-Arizona State Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on December 29, thanks to Navy's bowl ticket donation program.

The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, a Marine Corps reserve infantry battalion with its regimental headquarters based in San Bruno, California, just 10 miles south of AT&T Park, will be receiving donated tickets for its Marines and their families to use for the bowl game.

Maj. Leland Olesen, USMC, the Headquarters Company Inspector Instructor for the 23rd Marine Regiment has been the intermediary between the Marines and the Naval Academy. Olesen says about 20 active duty Marines and 30 reserves have put in requests for tickets to the bowl game.

"Anytime we can come across tickets or other stuff like this for the Marines we jump on it," Olesen said. "We want to give our Marines here in the Bay Area every possible opportunity in the moral and welfare area."

The Marines, being a component of the Department of the Navy, were pulling for Navy in its 17-13 defeat of Army last weekend in the 113th Army-Navy Game.

"Our people follow Navy football," said Olesen. "If we were on the East Coast instead of the West Coast, we would have had people going to the Army-Navy Game. So this is the next best thing with Navy coming out here for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl."

The Battalion was recently on active deployment in Okinawa and had also previously deployed to Iraq.

The Marines are looking forward to cheering on the Navy football team at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at the end of the month.

"You're going to have a bunch of Marines and their families who are going to be very happy and very appreciative that they could come by these tickets."


Send Active Duty Military Members to the Bowl Game



Chief Ciencia with his wife and two sons

Another military group that is receiving tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, Calif. The training center has a number of active duty service members and the center's graduates go on to serve a number of different positions in the Coast Guard.

One Coast Guard serviceman who is stationed at Petaluma is Chief Arlo Ciencia. Ciencia is a chief food services specialist and has been in the Coast Guard for 12 years.

Ciencia was born in Davao City, Philippines and later moved to the U.S. territory of Guam. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 2000 and has since served a number of different billets and has received many awards, medals and citations, including the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon.

Wanting to better provide for his family, Ciencia decided to leave Guam and join the Coast Guard at the age of 18. As he began his Coast Guard career, he would routinely send his bonus money back to his family in Guam.

"Before I left, I promised them that I would help them out and would do everything to help them get a better life," Ciencia said.

Eventually, his family was able to leave Guam and move to California, where they still live today.

Ciencia and his family have received donated tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to see Navy take on Arizona State on December 29.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has a program that allows fans to purchase an unlimited amount of tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and then donate to the many military members and their families stationed on the West Coast who would like to attend the game.

Donate Bowl Tickets Here (or call 1-800-US4-NAVY) | Navy Football Bowl Game Ticket FAQs


Send Tillman Military Scholars to the Bowl Game




Many football fans know the story of Pat Tillman. The former Arizona State linebacker who went on to play defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals and then put his NFL career on hold to enlist in the Army following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Following Tillman's death in Afghanistan in 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation. The Pat Tillman Foundation provides resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses.

One aspect of the Pat Tillman Foundation is the Tillman Military Scholars program. The Tillman Military Scholars Program features 230 active service members and veterans, spouses or family members. The Tillman Military Scholars have been awarded over $3.2 million in scholarship support at 71 academic institutions in 34 states.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA) is working with the Pat Tillman Foundation to offer donated tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which features Navy and Tillman's alma mater Arizona State. The game will be played Saturday, December 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The Pat Tillman Foundation will be receiving around 100 tickets to distribute to Tillman Military Scholars and their families. Bowl ticket donations are 100 percent tax deductible and fans can even earmark their tickets to go to a specific military group, such as the Pat Tillman Foundation.

One of the Tillman Military Scholars who will be receiving free tickets is Peter Koziol, a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Koziol earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the Naval Academy and earned a master's degree in National Security Policy from Georgetown University.

He is currently using his Tillman scholarship to attend Stanford's Graduate School of Business as an MBA candidate.

"Tillman has given me a wonderful opportunity to engage a highly accomplished veteran community to continue to serve the community as a civilian," Koziol said.

Koziol, who attained the rank of lieutenant commander, spent three years as a nuclear engineer on a submarine and was deployed to the Persian Gulf.

Koziol is looking forward to attending the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl later this month.

"I feel very grateful to both Tillman and the NAAA for allowing myself and my family see Navy battle Arizona State in San Francisco," said Koziol. "I hope to see many classmates and old friends and watch a Navy victory."

Donate Bowl Tickets Here (or call 1-800-US4-NAVY) | Navy Football Bowl Game Ticket FAQs


Send Veterans to the Bowl Game



Help send our veterans to the bowl game

The Naval Academy is teaming up with the Oakland Vet Center to send hundreds of veterans to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to see Navy play Arizona State at AT&T Park on Saturday, December 29 in San Francisco.

The Oakland Vet Center is one of 31 in California and the organization provides readjustment counseling to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The center also helps with veteran benefits and provides other support and services to veterans in the Bay Area.

Dottie Guy, the Outreach Coordinator for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, said the Oakland Vet Center has received nearly 400 ticket requests from veterans and their families, which will be fulfilled by the Naval Academy's bowl ticket donation program.

Many veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have put in requests for tickets to the bowl game, along with several veterans from Vietnam and other veterans who did not serve in combat. Veterans from all branches will be attending the game, but the Navy veterans are especially looking forward to seeing the Naval Academy football team.

"There are quite a few Navy vets who are really excited and feel very fortunate to be able to go to the game free of charge," said Guy. "This is pretty special. It's a bowl game and its right in our backyard."

Navy fans can purchase Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tickets to donate to military groups and organizations. The donation is 100 percent tax deductible and fans can earmark their donated tickets to go to specific groups, such as the Oakland Vet Center.

Donate Bowl Tickets Here (or call 1-800-US4-NAVY) | Navy Football Bowl Game Ticket FAQs



 

 

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