Operation Teammate is a children's focused organization a multitude of avenues to welcome our nation's children - we help parents who serve as:
Military - ALL-ERA VETERANS (Active Duty/Guard/Reservist):
Wounded Warriors Army | Navy | Marines | Air Force | Coast Guard
Gold Star - Blue Star - Ambassadors
We provide an opportunity for sports teams to welcome children of military members as honorary teammates. In keeping with our mission, we strive to involve more institutions in our cause. Please contact us for details.
Our aim is to determine the most appropriate avenue to meet an array of family goals and bring a memorable sporting experience to these children. By doing this, we are able to build a better community while establishing that bridge between families and organizations.
Pathway to Success
Operation Teammate, founded in 2015, provides an opportunity for athletic organizations to welcome children (ages 5-18) of Military as honorary teammates during various times (i.e. deployments/training/disaster relief). These children are our primary focus and our aim is to arrange memorable sporting experiences to help them and their families through those difficult times. Operation Teammate events also show the importance of children being involved throughout their local communities and guide them to understand that building a community is a team effort.
Proposal to Teams:
Operation Teammate pursues opportunities to team up with athletic organizations to create a memorable sporting experience between our children and the teams. This enables Operation Teammate to provide opportunities for military children to attend an experience unique to them.
Some options include meet & greet time prior to a scheduled event and picture/autograph opportunities at the appropriate times. Also, this could be followed up by the execution of Pen Pal corresponding between select players and children of the military.
Our organizational goals align with like-minded initiatives, and while incorporating the Operation Teammate mission within a team’s community outreach program, it would establish that bridge between our families and various teams, resulting in Impactful Athlete Interaction!
Areas of Impact:
One of our most recent events was with the University of Georgia football team. Operation Teammate accompanied a group of children and their parents to the college, watched an official practice, and interacted with the football players. The entire team was excited to meet with the kids and welcomed them with open arms. Also, Operation Teammate has conducted multiple events with the National Basketball Association and the Minor League Baseball communities.
In fact, athletes continue to be humbled by what these impressive children have to go through as they grow up in a Military or First Responder community; it really drives home the importance of giving back. *While walking back to their car after an event, one of the kids even stated, “If I work hard like them, I could also be at a college like that one day.”
Operation Teammate desires to broaden our footprint throughout our Nation’s communities while working with a variety of organizations. We request opportunities to work with teams and players to further show that appreciation to the children of our U.S. Military and First Responders going through extraordinary family separations. Operation Teammate is open to a variety of avenues for the 2017 - 2018 seasons. This includes, but not limited to Regular Season/Playoff games, and any other mentoring opportunities that are agreed upon between Operation Teammate and the sporting organization.
How does Operation Teammate reach our goals?
*** Operation Teammate is the ONLY program that supports Military families in this manner ***
The Augusta, GA City Council voted and granted Operation Teammate their Seal of Approval; this is in addition to recognizing the events in support of the 20,000 Joint Service military/civilian members of Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA.
There are nearly 3 million U.S. Military and First Responder families across the nation; at any given time, 20% of those parents are away from home on duty. Operation Teammate events are bonding experiences for families and promote a positive lifestyle that encourages increased communication between the children and their deployed parent(s).
More than three hundred U.S. Military and First Responder children have attended an Operation Teammate event. Additionally, over 100,000 community members have been exposed to Operation Teammate, with another 1 million online users being introduced to the Operation Teammate mission.
Based on parental testimonies, as a result of Operation Teammate sporting experiences, their children’s self-confidence increases and they engage more with the at home parent. “Our girls are always excited when they attend an Operation Teammate event; when the athletes interact with Operation Teammate, it shows great appreciation to all of the children and sets a terrific example.” D. Corman, parent & USAF
Happy to Help Parents and Kids Alike
At Operation Teammate, we find fulfillment in knowing that we are able to extend a hand to people who put their lives on the line every single day for our safety and security. Here's a testimonial from one of them:
"For years, I just seemed to be wandering, thinking that an opportunity would find us. By having this opportunity for my children to be shown the appreciation for their efforts, I have everyone at Operation Teammate to thank. The impact your agency has had on our lives is amazing."
- Joey T.
Warfighter Up Radio interview with Operation Teammate Mothers Brother Hour – 5 October 2016