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An Incredible Year of Impact

2017 has been an incredible year thanks to the generosity of our supporters. 

We welcomed another remarkable class of Tillman Scholars, and expanded the network to more than 520 leaders nationwide. As the next generation of private and public sector leaders, the Tillman Scholars are tackling challenges across national security, healthcare, technology, civil rights and education.

See how Tillman Scholar Greg Freisinger is one of many scholars serving after service to improve the lives of soldiers and injured veterans. Then read our 2017 Impact Report to learn more about how your commitment empowers the next generation of private and public sector leaders for our country and communities.

Read the Impact Report

The Tillman Scholar Network

PTF made a $1.1 million lifetime commitment to the 2017 Class of Tillman Scholars, from a pool of approximately 2,100 applications.

Tillman Scholars Are Making an Impact Nationwide

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A RECORD SELLOUT AT PAT'S RUN

From the first event held in 2005 with 5,000 participants, Pat’s Run - presented by TEKSystems - has grown into the largest run in the nation to honor a fallen soldier and support the Tillman Scholars. Registration for the 14th Annual Pat's Run will open in January 2018.

$1 MILLION

RAISED IN 2017

28,000
RUNNERS

2,410 KID RUNNERS

2ND LARGEST MILITARY RACE

18TH LARGEST NATIONAL RACE

3,413
HONOR
RUNNERS

32 TILLMAN HONOR RUNS

On April 22, supporters participated in Tillman Honor Runs and as Remote Runners around the world.

Runner Profile: KIANIE KING

For someone who lives with cerebral palsy, completing the 4.2 miles of Pat’s Run is a tall order. But it was a challenge that this ASU alumna decided to meet head-on. After registering, she decided to ask friends and family for their support – which is when she started to learn more about the Pat Tillman Foundation.

“Once I started up my fundraising page,” she recalls, “I quickly realized that I was doing this for more reasons than just myself…every one of the Tillman Scholars is an inspiration to me.”

Kianie was the last person to cross the finish line at Pat’s Run, but she says, “I felt like there was a stadium full of people cheering me on as I stepped over the 42-yard line.”

Learn more about Kianie’s story.

 

PAT TILLMAN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

The Pat Tillman Leadership Summit celebrates Pat’s values and convenes the Tillman Scholars to network, collaborate, and present solutions to the challenges facing our country and communities.

130+
Tillman Scholars attended

Honoring Pat's Spirit of Service

In 2017, thanks to the generosity of the NFL and our sponsors, more than 130 Tillman Scholars attended the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago. Tillman Scholars led panels and presented “Make Your Mark” talks about the impact they are making in their fields and communities.

At Tillman Honors, we recognized leaders within our community for their remarkable civic contributions, extraordinary fortitude and spirit of service. This year, we were honored to present the 2017 Champion Award to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly for their lifelong commitment to public service, and the Make Your Mark Award to 2010 Tillman Scholar Chris Roessner, screenwriter and executive producer of Sand Castle.

Learn more about the Leadership Summit.

TEAM TILLMAN 2017

Team Tillman is keeping Pat’s passion and intensity alive while inspiring others to live up to their potential. A community of everyday athletes, more than 500 members have participated as a team or individually in marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, cycling and other athletic events to honor Pat. To date, the team has raised over $1.3 million to fund scholarships.

Register now to join Team Tillman and participate in one of our 2018 events.

$1.3 million
raised to date

Team Tillman Member: Patrick Miller

“The marathon bolstered the feeling that I can take on anything.”

A month before the NYC Marathon, Patrick Miller learned his cancer had returned. Questions surfaced he never wanted to ask: Should he continue to train, or focus on fighting his disease? The marathon wasn’t just a race to the former Fresno State basketball player. It was a cause – and it was personal, that dream of finishing 26.2 brutal miles of his first marathon.

Patrick ultimately decided that whatever physical stress his body might endure couldn’t match the emotional burden of knowing he never ran the race. In November, he completed the world-famous marathon in 4 hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Along the way, his unstoppable spirit helped raise $3,700 to support the Tillman Scholars.

Learn more about Patrick’s story.

 

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