Granting "Touchdowns" for Veterans in Need
Our veterans exhibit courage on a daily basis and bravely fought for our freedom. Unfortunately, many of them face difficult situations when reintegrated into civilian life. The 3rd & Goal Foundation grants "Touchdowns" for qualified veterans that go toward building homes or remodeling living spaces for those wounded in combat or discharged with an injury. In the past, we have assisted in many areas including constructing wheelchair ramps and remodeling spaces inside the homes to make handicap accessible.
The 3rd & Goal Foundation funds the Warrior-Scholar Project for all participants at the University of Notre Dame. For many military veterans, despite the challenging experiences they have faced while enlisted, stepping foot into an academic environment can be nonetheless intimidating because of the foundational academic skills required to be successful in college. The Warrior-Scholar Project was established as an introduction to the demands of college life by offering a free immersive academic boot camp for current and former military service members who wish to pursue or continue higher education.
Peer 2 Peer Sponsor Program
The 3rd & Goal Foundation fully funds the Peer 2 Peer Sponsor program at The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati which helps all incoming student veterans and service members make a smooth transition from military service to the college environment by pairing them with peer sponsors who can help with paperwork, finding a place to live, navigating campus and anything else the new student might need to help them be successful in their first year of college. This program that is lead by trained 3rd and 4th year student-veteran has lead to overall increased GPA and graduation rates.
Veteran Nursing Scholarship
A nursing scholarship was established in 2021 by a partnership between the 3rd & Goal Foundation and Air Force Veteran Anthony Guzman, Administrative Nurse Manager at Dublin Methodist Hospital. This scholarship will be awarded to a Veteran from any branch of service currently working at Dublin Methodist or Grady Memorial planning to attend nursing school or to further their nursing education. This annual scholarship can be used for nursing school tuition or a certification.
A way we show our gratitude is through creating joy in the lives of our veterans. 3rd & Goal truly believes in serving those who have served all of us. Sometimes the best way to serve is to do the things that help our heroes in need forget about their troubles and remember there are people who care about them. We are constantly adapting and finding new ways to create joy in the lives of our heroes. Adopting families during the holiday season, taking veterans to football games or concerts, serving dinners and planning events at the veteran shelters are just a few of the ways we help with spreading joy to those who need it the most.