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Athletes Giving Back


BY AMANDA FURRER RIFLE NATIONAL TEAM


Get Your Boots On! Furrer Pitches In On Boot Campaign


Recently, I attended the


event Boot’n & Shoot’n with the Boot Campaign, which is an event to promote patrio- tism, raise awareness about our military, and raise some money for those of our mili- tary in need. Boot’n & Shoot’n wasn’t


my fi rst rodeo at a fundrais- ing event. I fi gured I would go, shake hands, smile and show my support for the or- ganization, but it ended up completely different than I had expected. I left the event with a handful of new friends that I will forever hold close to my heart. I wasn’t asked to do pho-


tos or give a speech or any- thing. I was simply asked to have fun. Eight amputee war veterans were brought to Boot’n & Shoot’n with Boot


Campaign to enjoy them- selves and help promote pa- triotism as well. Nobody was given a script or a matching t-shirt or asked to go around trying to raise donations. But as I spent more time with each person in the group, their individual stories trick- led out, and every day I was inspired more and more to contribute in any way I can to this organization. The Boot Campaign’s mission of Assistance is comprised of fi ve programs: Career Placement, Housing, Family Support, Urgent Assistance and Wellness. The programs are funded through the sale of Boot Campaign signature combat boots and apparel, direct donations and cor- porate sponsorships. Boot Campaign’s fi nances are


impressive, with over 81% of income being used to direct- ly support the mission. This would include things like academic and employment assistance, mobility equip- ment, adaptive clothing for wounded military, PTSD counseling services, and the list goes on. The Boot Campaign


doesn’t want to exploit our service men and women for fi nancial gain. They don’t ask the hero ambassadors to tell an emotional story about their experience in combat to tug at the heartstrings of people. The Boot Campaign was originally started as an awareness campaign. There was no intention of advanc- ing to a place where they could provide assistance to people in the military. A growing number of people wanted to “put their boots on” to show sup- port, and the cam- paign evolved into an organization that truly brings help where it’s needed. I was amazed


at everything I ex- perienced


over


Amanda Furrer and Boot Campaign Ambassadors at the event.


the weekend. Everybody in the group was concerned with what I thought about everything and everybody and whether or not I was having a good time, when in reality, I was blown away and brainstorming everything I could possibly do to help the campaign. I have never seen everybody in an orga- nization so in love with what they do. There was passion, hope, and selfl essness. One goal of Boot Campaign is to get 1.4 million Americans in boots to represent the 1.4 million active duty military. I am determined to help make this happen. Boot Campaign is about


raising awareness and pro- moting patriotism, which helps facilitate the Boot Campaign in assisting mili- tary service men and wom- en in need. These men and women sacrifi ce their own lives for each other and our nation, and go to unspeak- able lengths to defend what they believe in. We need to do whatever we can to re- pay that debt. As they say at Boot Campaign, “When they come back, we give back.” Visit bootcampaign.com


to help out. Get your boots on!


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