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Operation Hawkeye: STRIKE FORCE

Proceeds benefit Gold Star Teen Adventures

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Based on 222 strikeouts, each worth $90.22

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Helping Children of Fallen Special Operations Heroes through Baseball

This travel baseball season, from June through mid-0ctober, we are teaming up as a STRIKE FORCE to elevate awareness of the service and sacrifice of America’s special operations community, and raise funds for participation by children of fallen operators in programs offered by the nonprofit Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA), a member of Operation Hawkeye. Since 1980, over 1,000 heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, including Navy SEALs, Army special forces (Green Berets) and Rangers and Night Stalker aviators, Air Force pararescuemen and combat controllers, and Marine Raiders, among others. When they died, whether in training or on the battlefield, many of these warriors left behind loved ones, including teenage sons and daughters (Gold Star teens). The fallen deserve our gratitude, and their children our support.

Join us in honoring the sacrifices of these heroes and helping those left to carry on.


HOW CAN YOU HELP?

You can make a meaningful impact in the lives of special operations Gold Star youth by assisting the STRIKE FORCE in one or more of the following ways:

1. PLEDGE A DONATION for every strikeout we record during the Stars Baseball travel baseball season, which concludes in mid-October.

We ask that you pledge or make a donation at one of the following tiers

Alternatively, you can customize your pledge per strikeout or make a different one-time donation.

All those who pledge or donate will automatically be entered to win one of the sports memorabilia items or baseball products provided through the generosity of STRIKE FORCE Partners.

  • All those who pledge per strikeout or make a one-time donation at or above the Bronze Tier will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a custom STRIKE FORCE souvenir bat from Marucci Sports
  • All those who pledge per strikeout or make a one-time donation at or above the Silver Tier will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a custom STRIKE FORCE souvenir bat and an Elite Bat Pack from Marucci Sports
  • All those who pledge per strikeout or make a one-time donation at or above the Gold Tier will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a custom STRIKE FORCE souvenir bat, as well as an Elite Bat Pack and an Honor the Game Fielding Glove (choice of model) from Marucci Sports

  • All those who pledge per strikeout or make a one-time donation at or above the Diamond Tier will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Backyard Bullpen Package from Jugs Sports (pictured in Item 2 below)

Please note that your pledge will be for the entire Stars Baseball travel season, regardless of the time of your pledge or donation.

As you consider whether and at what tier to pledge or donate, know that STRIKE FORCE Partners have also made commitments based on the number of donors and the overall amount donated, which means every donation, whatever the amount, makes an impact!

The nonprofit Gold Star Teen Adventures, a member of a loose-knit team of organizations and individuals united under the Operation Hawkeye banner, will use your donation to fund participation by children of special operations heroes in adventures that enable healing, foster enduring relationships, and develop character and leadership skills. The adventures flow directly from the experiences of Kent Solheim, a special operations service member seriously wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007. Kent, a father of two, realized that if he had not made it home, he would have still wanted his children to know the brotherhood of the special operations community that he had grown to love, and to share in the adventures that his career had permitted him to do. Additionally, Kent realized that he experienced emotional healing when he was able to spend time with others that had endured similar trauma in their lives. GSTA provides an environment where Gold Star children can come together and be a part of new and exciting experiences with others who have shared a similar journey.


2. BECOME A STRIKE FORCE FUNDRAISER.

We encourage you to consider becoming a STRIKE FORCE Fundraiser at www.pledgeit.org/strikeforce/fundraise. The process is simple and allows you to reach out to family and friends, teammates, neighbors, and followers via email and social media. All STRIKE FORCE Fundraisers will be recognized on the campaign leaderboard and will automatically be entered to win one of the sports memorabilia items or baseball products provided through the generosity of STRIKE FORCE Partners. STRIKE FORCE Fundraisers who solicit ten (10) donations at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond levels will receive a STRIKE FORCE Performance Tee from Marucci Sports. The top three STRIKE FORCE Fundraisers will also earn $250 gift certificates from a sporting goods provider of their choosing, and the top Fundraiser will win a Backyard Bullpen Package from STRIKE FORCE Partner Jugs Sports!


3. PURCHASE A STRIKE FORCE PERFORMANCE TEE BY MARUCCI SPORTS.

Show your support for the cause by purchasing a STRIKE FORCE Performance Tee by Marucci Sports at https://strikeforce.itemorder.com. The Marucci Performance Tee allows you to move and perform at your highest level while moisture-management fabric keeps you cool. This shirt is ideal for practice or workouts, and it can be worn under your jersey during games. You will look great on or off the diamond, and feel even better knowing all proceeds from your purchase benefit GSTA!<span></span>


4. SPREAD THE WORD.

Let others know about the STRIKE FORCE campaign and support it on social media, especially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Some of the hashtags to use and follow include #OpHawkeyeSTRIKEFORCE, #STRIKEFORCE, and #baseballisntfree.


THANK YOU!

Approximately 130 Gold Star teens from across America hope to attend a GSTA program in 2016. Working together, we can not only help make their wishes come true, but also elevate awareness of the service and sacrifice of their fathers and families, and those of the larger special operations community.

To learn more about GSTA and programs made possible through your generosity in connection with the STRIKE FORCE, please visit www.gstadventures.org. To learn more about the special operations community and other ways you can show you care, please visit www.ophawkeye.com, and follow Operation Hawkeye on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thank you for your generosity and support! And remember, whether you make a pledge or donation or not, please be sure to tell others about Operation Hawkeye’s STRIKE FORCE and help us promote the campaign on social media.

Let us show by our actions in support of their loved ones that we are grateful for the sacrifices of America’s special operations heroes.

Sincerely,

The STRIKE FORCE


Pitchers

Will Thomas, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC (Team Leader and Founder of Operation Hawkeye)

Owen Lamon, Oakton High School, VA

Ronnie Orie, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, MD

Toma Shigaki-Than, Oakton High School, VA

Anthony Simonelli, Millbrook High School, VA

Nick Stewart, Rock Ridge High School, VA


Partners

Schedule

DateNamestrikeoutsEarned
6/11Stars Baseball 17U Red v Blue Chips 2017 --
6/11Stars Baseball 17U Red v Mid-Atlantic Redsox 17U6$541
6/12Stars Baseball 17U Red v Rawling's A's 17U5$451
6/13STRIKE FORCE Action June 13-1916$1,443
6/17Stars Red 17U v CT Bombers II13$1,173
6/17Stars Baseball Red 17U v RVA Prospects5$451
6/18Stars Baseball Red v Wadlyka American1$90
6/20STRIKE FORCE Action June 20-2621$1,895
6/22Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 1 0-
6/22Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 20-
6/23Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 3 0-
6/23Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 40-
6/24Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 50-
6/24Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 60-
6/25Stars Baseball Red 17U Music City Classic Game 70-
6/27STRIKE FORCE Action June 27-July 36$541
7/4STRIKE FORCE Action July 4-1019$1,714
7/11STRIKE FORCE Action July 11-1711$992
7/18STRIKE FORCE Action July 18-2421$1,895
7/25STRIKE FORCE Action July 25-310-
8/1STRIKE FORCE Action August 1-70-
8/8STRIKE FORCE Action August 8-140-
8/15STRIKE FORCE Action August 15-210-
8/22STRIKE FORCE Action August 22-280-
8/29STRIKE FORCE Action August 29-September 43$271
9/5STRIKE FORCE Action September 5-1115$1,353
9/12STRIKE FORCE Action September 12-1834$3,067
9/19STRIKE FORCE Action September 19-2511$992
9/26STRIKE FORCE Action September 26 - October 20-
10/3STRIKE FORCE Action October 3-98$722
10/10STRIKE FORCE Action October 10-1610$902
10/17STRIKE FORCE Action October 17-2313$1,173
10/24STRIKE FORCE Action October 24-300-
10/31STRIKE FORCE Action October 31 - November 60-
11/7STRIKE FORCE Action November 7-130-
11/7STRIKE FORCE Action November 7-130-
11/14STRIKE FORCE Action November 14-200-
Gold Star Teen Adventures

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Gold Star Teen Adventures

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GSTA provides character and leadership development, mentorships, and healing to the children of fallen special operations heroes.

Contributions made to this campaign are tax-deductible.

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