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How A Kid Spent 5 Years Raising Money For Families Of Fallen Special Operators

Will Thomas spent the last five years raising $500,000 for the families of fallen special operations forces. He’s only 17.

Every Labor Day weekend for the past five years, Will Thomas has put in time and energy shooting baskets. Lots of baskets. From Friday afternoon to Monday evening, he sinks shot after shot, year after year.

In 2011, Thomas netted 17,000 baskets over the course of 60 hours. He was 12.

That’s not even the most impressive part.

Through these basketball shooting events, Thomas has raised more than $500,000 in funds for charities serving families of fallen special operations forces. At the first shooting challenge in 2011, the donations went to the Navy SEAL Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Navy SEALs and their families. Since then, Thomas has used that same approach to support even more organizations. Thomas pairs with different military and SOF-oriented nonprofits and raises money on their behalf through fundraising sports events. He refers to his fundraising efforts as Operation Hawkeye, a collaboration between “a team of individuals and organizations committed to the cause of honoring fallen special operations warriors and supporting those they left behind,” according to Thomas. All funds raised through Operation Hawkeye are directed entirely to its nonprofit partners.

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Published on August 17, 2016

by JohnPaul Bennett

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