The 4.2 mile run, which winds through the streets of Tempe and concludes at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium, raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
"Our Mesa team is proud to support our nation's warfighters and their families, both those currently in service and those returning from service," said ASD's (Mesa) Mark Reyes. "The Tillman Foundation, through this run, allows us to show our support."
Now in its 12th year, Pat's Run has expanded to participants across the nation, where 32 cities sponsored shadow runs this year. These runs are affiliated with the original Pat’s Run, and bolster awareness and fundraising efforts for the foundation. Through these efforts, more than 35,000 people were able to participate in this year's run. With the Twin Cities hosting a shadow run, Minnesota-based Armament Systems team members turned out to run 'alongside' their Arizona counterparts.
"This year's support for Pat's run was fantastic," said ASD's Rob Menti. "ASD doubled its support from last year and thereby doubled its support of Veteran's Scholarships and Family needs."
Every year, the Pat Tillman Foundation receives thousands of scholarship applications from post-9/11 military veterans and their spouses nationwide. The 2015 Tillman Scholars received more than $1.7 million and are attending 36 universities across the United States. In total, the foundation has invested more than $12 million in academic support since its inception.
Orbital ATK is deeply grateful for all who dedicate their lives to defending our freedom, and supporting our service men and women, veterans and their families is one of our core values.
Orbital ATK's Defense Group Armament Systems division located in Mesa, Arizona, recently participated in Pat’s Run. The group posed for a photo before the 4.2 mile run.
Starting line at the 12th annual Pat’s Run that took place in Tempe, Arizona, this year.
Orbital ATK employees from our Plymouth facility participated in this year’s shadow run in Twin Cities, Minnesota.