Redskins and DRS Technologies Team Up to Support Fundraising Effort Benefiting Children of America's Fallen Heroes
ASHBURN, VA --(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2011) - The Washington Redskins and DRS Technologies are teaming up to raise money for the DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund during the game between the Redskins and New York Jets on December 4, 2011. The fund provides college scholarships to children of National Guardsmen killed while serving their country since Sept. 11, 2001. The initiative is part of the Redskins' season-long military appreciation program "Operation Salute Our Troops."
More than 80 volunteers will collect donations as fans enter and exit FedEx Field on Dec. 4. Contributions will be accepted in cash or via text message and proceeds raised during the game will benefit the scholarship program. National Guardsmen will also be honored during the game and the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation will present a check for $200,000 to The National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) during a halftime presentation.
"The National Guard has lost nearly 700 brave soldiers and airmen in overseas conflicts in the last ten years and we are thrilled with the support from DRS and the Redskins," said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, President of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). "This is the first year any organization has stepped up to raise money for the children these heroes have left behind. By supporting their children with a scholarship fund, we are paying a wonderful tribute to their memory."
Eligible high school juniors and seniors can apply for annual grants totaling up to $25,000 over a four-year college education. The first four scholarships were awarded this past summer. NGEF administers the fund and awards the scholarships.
"DRS is honored to have initiated this scholarship fund and we are delighted to have the Redskins' support," said Richard Goldberg, President of the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation. "The Redskins have been critical in helping us raise large-scale awareness so we can raise the funds necessary to provide scholarships to children who've lost a parent defending our freedom."
The DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with a grant from the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation to the NGEF, both 501(c)3 charitable organizations.
"We are proud to show support for America's military," said Rod Nenner, Washington Redskins Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We are excited to be involved with the DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund and hope to lay the groundwork to help them provide more scholarships to these deserving children well into the future."
Any questions regarding DRS Guardian Scholarships should be directed to John Goheen from the National Guard Association at 202-408-5882.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.
ABOUT DRS TECHNOLOGIES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.: DRS Technologies believes that a successful corporate culture must include being a good corporate citizen. The DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, provides grants to 501(c)3 charities that reflect our company's commitment to our United States Armed Forces, the health and education of children, and community and civic causes that improve the quality of life in local DRS communities. Since its inception, the foundation has granted more than $5.0 million in funds to charitable organizations.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (NGEF): The National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) was established in 1975 with the mission to educate the public and foster awareness about the myriad of contributions of the National Guard of the United States. Through the National Guard Memorial Museum and educational programs, NGEF tells the Guard's story, highlighting its roles in the birth and growth of our nation domestically, as well as its defense abroad. The NGEF also administers the DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund, a fund established to provide college scholarships to children of National Guardsman killed while serving their country since September 11, 2001.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES (NGAUS): The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. Today, 133 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.