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    This signature fundraiser has evolved from a grass-roots celebration of Pat’s memory to a global celebration of his legacy. You can become an event sponsor, help fundraise, or participate in a Tillman Honor Run near you.

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    Team Tillman is designed for everyday athletes who want to make a difference. You can participate as a team, or individually, in marathons, triathlons and other athletic events throughout the country to show support and raise funds.

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    An annual event, the Summit empowers the Tillman Scholars with leadership, career and creative development workshops. The Summit encourages Scholars to network and collaborate to make an impact globally and in their local communities.

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    The kick-off event counting down the 42 days to Pat’s Run. 1,442 limited-edition Guinness pint glasses will be sold at Rula Bula Pub in Tempe. Each $10 glass is etched with #42 and a word that celebrates Pat’s legacy. Proceeds support the Tillman Scholars program.

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With its Salute to Service campaign, the National Football League continues its history of honoring veterans and active duty service members.

Every November, in honor of Veterans Day, the NFL teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project and USO to recognize active duty service members, veterans and all military families through a number of awareness initiatives.

In 2012, the National Football League and the 32 teams generously raised $240,000 to support the Tillman Scholar program. The NFL donated $100 to each of its three charity partners for every point scored in designated “Salute to Service” games league-wide.


The NFL-Tillman Scholar award annually honors a scholar who most exemplifies Pat’s legacy of service.

Blake Schroedter, Sergeant First Class

The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Honored by the Chicago Bears

Blake joined the U.S. Army to serve his country and open doors to a college education. Two years later, he crossed the border of Kuwait, into Iraq, with his Army unit. He was 20 years old.

When Blake returned from a year in Baghdad, it was clear that his mind had been pushed to its limit during deployment. He tried seeing a psychologist but felt a divide; they couldn’t relate to his war experiences.

“My time with the Army inspired a new mission: to help fellow veterans returning home from war.” This vision pushed him to pursue his Doctorate in Psychology. After completing his degree, Blake wants to work for a VA Medical Center and continue to serve in the Illinois Army National Guard as a clinical psychologist.

Emily Thompson Schelberg, Marine Sergeant

Johns Hopkins University, Master’s in Nursing

Honored by the Baltimore Ravens

Emily was raised in a culture of service among her family. Many of her family members served in the military, in emergency medicine or as firefighters. But ultimately, it was the loss of one family member on 9/11 that motivated her to join the Marines.

After basic training, Emily was deployed to Iraq. It was during her deployment, while assisting Navy Corpsmen on a humanitarian aid mission, that Emily realized her desire to work in healthcare. She was touched by the impact a single well-trained medical professional can have on a population with limited access to basic healthcare and realized the medical field was her true calling. She is pursuing a master’s in nursing with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner with an emphasis in orthopedics, and plans to serve underprivileged communities.

D’Onior Felton, Petty Officer Third Class

George Washington University, Doctor of Medicine

Honored by the Washington Redskins

Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, D’Onior aimed to work in public health but never dreamt of becoming a doctor. She joined the U.S. Navy and worked as a hospital corpsman with a specialty in surgical technology. There, she gained the confidence and the aspiration to become a physician.

During active-duty, D’Onior earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. After separating from the service in 2005, she completed pre-med prerequisites on her way to entering medical school at George Washington University.

D’Onior’s goal is to provide healthcare to underserved communities in the south and continue volunteer medical missions abroad. She also wants to participate in community-based programs to combat negative health outcomes for youth, particularly teen pregnancy.

Patrick Nelson, Staff Sergeant

Minnesota State University, Bachelor of Science, Sports Management and History

Honored by the Minnesota Vikings

Patrick Nelson is a former paratrooper with 39 months of combat experience while serving nearly seven years of active-duty in the U.S. Army. During two deployments in Afghanistan, Patrick took online classes and graduated with honors earning an Associate of Arts degree from Central Texas College.

At Minnesota State University, Patrick maintained a 4.0 GPA and volunteered at the YMCA Big Brother program. In the future, he would like to work for a professional sports organization and coach local sporting activities.

Patrick has also started a nonprofit called Real Combat Life. It is an online portal for veterans to share their stories and educate the public on what life is like in combat from a firsthand perspective. He recently won a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything program to help bring his nonprofit to life.