• Fans Unaware Patriotic Displays Were Paid For

    by Evansville Courier & Press November 2015

    This editorial originally appeared in the Kentucky New Era: When fans of the New York Jets watched a succession of Army National Guard soldiers honored as “hometown heroes” at the NFL team’s home games, they did not know it was part of a marketing campaign that cost taxpayers $20,000. Likewise, fans of the Milwaukee Brewers did not know performances of “God Bless America” came with a $49,000 price tag. These so-called “paid patriotism” deals are revealed in a joint oversight report from U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans.

  • Congress Calls for Ban on 'Pay for Patriotism' Promotions

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    From 2011 to 2014, the NFL collected a reported $5.4 million in taxpayer money for mid-game salutes to the military. Calling the promotions “pay for patriotism” and “marketing gimmicks,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has convinced Congress to ban this kind of activity at major sporting events.

  • Sailor Dies Following Routine Physical Fitness Test

    by Dianna Cahn September 2015

    A sailor assigned to Training Support Center Hampton Roads collapsed during a routine physical fitness test last week and died Saturday, the Navy announced Monday.

  • Community Workouts Raise Awareness for Veterans

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Athletes at Aberrant CrossFit in Eldridge, Iowa, devoted their Saturday morning workout to raising awareness and funds for a startup veterans gym called Counterstrike Fitness.

  • Adaptive Sports Programs Aiding Recovery for Military

    by Emily Attwood August 2015

    Last month, the sixth annual Warrior Games took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a departure from its previous host city, Colorado Springs. While past games have been organized in partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Paralympics, the DOD took the lead in organizing this year's event and will continue to do so, with different branches of the military hosting each year. As noted by a department spokesperson, the change was part of the DOD's effort "to better align the event with the Games' core mission of playing a vital role in recovery for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans."

  • The AB Extra: June 5

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a mishap at the French Open, information on how to get a one-of-a-kind urinal autographed by Barry Sanders, and a unique park that opens in Chicago this weekend. 

  • Program Pairs Veterans with At-Risk Youths

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    With the unemployment rate for veterans around seven percent, Paul Caccamo wanted to help those returning from war find work. Caccamo is the founder and CEO of Up2Us Sports, which is a nonprofit that aims to use sports to help at-risk children, as well as aiding their development. Using the framework from Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America, a program similar to Teach For America or City Year that places people in schools or communities throughout the country to coach at-risk youth, Caccamo developed the Operation Coach program.

  • Air Force Trainee Dies After Collapse

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    A 19-year-old Air Force trainee at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland collapsed during a physical fitness training exercise on Monday. Following attempts by medical personnel to revive her, the woman, identified as Kelani Thomas of Troy, Ala., was taken to the San Antonio Medical Center and pronounced dead.

  • Study Pits Army Fitness Training Versus CrossFit

    by Emily Attwood January 2015

    Whether we're for or against it, most of us can agree on one thing: CrossFit workouts are tough. Really tough.

  • First Female Army Ranger School Graduates Set Standard

    by Stuart Goldman October 2014

    In August, two soldiers made history by becoming the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School. The soldiers, 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest, graduated along with 94 men after 19 women and 381 men total attended the first Ranger School course in April. A third woman was still attempting to complete the 62-day course in late September.