Since May my dad has been on a mission to host heroes from the battlefields to games at the Ballfields. The goal was to host as many Warriors as we could to thank them for their service & sacrifices by providing them a fun experience at Major League Baseball games across the country and do it as efficiently as possible. Today we can say mission accomplished.
We proudly hosted more than — Warriors at 38 MLB games & efficiently spent less than $500 in travel expenses (mostly by bus).
In case you missed any of the action, here’s a recap
We began our mission early and hosted Warriors at 2 Braves game in early April on our way back from a mission to make warrior wishes come true at a few hockey & basketball games.
Then we teamed up with our “PALS” to host heroes on the “Green Monster” in Boston.
On April 24th, our mission officially began as my dad took a greyhound to Detroit and hosted a big group of Warriors at Comerica Park thanks to the Tigers.
He took a week off and was back on the bus for a week of wishes coming true starting 2 games in Kansas City.
2 Cardinals games in St Louis
An Astros game in Houston
Then he had a “Suite” time at the Rangers game thanks to our friends at Globe Life!
My dad was treated to his first flight of the mission & made his way back home for 12 days before heading back out on the road, with Bill our newest board member, for a 10 game road trip starting in Cincinnati.
Bill & my dad drove overnight to Detroit to make Warrior Wishes come true at the 2nd Tigers game of the season.
Bill headed back home & my dad took his first overnight bus of the week to host heroes at one of the coolest stadiums in the Majors, PNC Park.
Another overnight bus took my dad to New York
Followed by another to Boston where he was able to finally get a hotel
And was back in action on a 6am bus back to New York to make warrior wishes come true at the Mets game.
From there he bussed over to DC and spent Memorial Day weekend keeping legacies alive at 2 Nationals games.
He then took back to back to back to back overnight busses to make warrior wishes come true in Baltimore
While our “PALS” made Warrior Wishes Come True in Philadelphia
Then my dad made his way to Philadelphia
And finally back home in Chicago with our “PALS” again.
He got a couple of much deserved well rested weeks off to regroup and plan the next leg of the mission where he made warrior wishes come true in Cincinnati again.
Then headed south to Atlanta
And even further south to Miami for 2 Marlins games.
He then began making his way back north and stopped in Tampa to host heroes at 2 Rays games, SGT Austin Burchard even had the chance of a lifetime to throw out first pitch!
And made one last stop in Atlanta to make warrior wishes come true at our 4th Braves game of the season before taking a 16 hour bus ride back home for $1.
With all the east coast games behind us, my dad took another little break to come home, spend time with family , plan for the west coast & We sent a warrior to a game in Tampa to cheer on his Tigers!
On July 8th my dad was treated to just his 2nd flight of the mission and hosted Warriors at back to back Giants games
An overnight bus took him south to LA where he made warrior wishes come true from the 2nd row at the Dodgers game just before the All Star break.
He attempted to host Warriors at the Home Run Derby
And treated Warriors to an incredible red carpet experience at the ESPYs!
He was able to take a day off before taking a bus to desert to host Warriors in the 120 degree heat at the DBacks game.
My dad took what seems like his 100th overnight bus of the mission, over to Anaheim.
He took his final Overnight bus of the mission this past Monday from LA north to Oakland
Before wrapping up our Battlefields to Ballfields mission on his 59th birthday in Seattle.
My dad is currently passed out asleep on a flight back home to Chicago. Xander is super excited to see him and we are so proud of him for continuing to make warrior wishes come true!
It’s been a wild ride, but we are happy to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
We want to thank all the teams, restaurants & amazing people who helped support our mission along the way and more importantly want to thank all the Warriors who selflessly serve & have served our country.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
Over the next few weeks we will be planning our upcoming Golf outing on August 8th
And planning our upcoming “ALL32IN17” mission to host and honor our nation’s heroes at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season for the 5th year in a row!
Stay tuned for details.