On March 5, 2011 I rode the 45 mile bike ride known as the Reedley Blossom Ride. This is an annual bike ride help by the Reedley Lion’s Club. The Club uses the proceeds go to help different organizations throughout the year in the local community. This year the blooms were gorgeous and it was a beautiful ride. As we started our ride I was not more than one mile out and looked to my right and there was a retired marine from Team Semper Fi riding along next to me pedaling with his hand-held pedals. Once you ride next to a member of Team Semper Fi you have no choice but to ride your best and not complain about it being the first long ride of the season. Team Semper Fi is an organization that uses sports and recreation to help wounded Marines recover from their injuries. Many had trained to do the 25 mile ride and as peer pressure would have it committed to the 45 mile ride the day of the ride. Team Semper Fi has joined our Community on this ride for the past two years and it is really inspiring to ride with them.
I wanted to take this opportunity to help spread the news about Team Semper Fi and the Semper Fi Fund:
Semper Fi Fund (SFF)
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to give immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. American heroes have sacrificed; they deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. Injuries are often severe, and the road to recovery or rehabilitation is long and costly. SFF provides support in many ways including: Service Member and Family Support, Specialized & Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, Therapeutic Arts and Team Semper Fi (TSF).
Team Semper Fi (TSF)
Injured Marines make up the core members of Team Semper Fi. SFF’s goal for Team Semper Fi is to give encouragement, motivation, and individual goals through sports. SFF provides coaches, specialized sporting equipment, team uniforms, entry fees, and travel expenses for the injured team members to compete in events across the country.
Made up of more than 200 service members who qualify for our help, Team Semper Fi (TSF) is the heart and inspiration of the Semper Fi Fund’s (SFF) rehabilitative Athletic Program, and is an extension of the help they give. TSF members also are receive Olympic training through their partnership with The US Paralympic Military Program.
The camaraderie, the inspiration, the courage behind this team is truly extraordinary!!
To show your financial support for this organization, please visit them online at https://semperfifund.org/donate/
Thank you Team Semper Fi for your service.