The Military Mentorship Program (MMP) brings veterans, active-duty service members and elite athletes together to create meaningful experiences build relationships and share their personal stories of teamwork, perseverance and reaching the limits of their potential. Both USSA athletes and members of the military share a drive for excellence with the goal of being Best in the World as representatives of the United States.
PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), a proud sponsor of the MMP and a respected credit union which has a long history and close ties with the military, is paramount to making this effort a success.
As part of the MMP, athletes will have the opportunity to learn team-building skills through sessions run by military veterans, who serve as mentors to athletes by sharing personal stories of their own experiences defending our nation. Athletes, in turn, share stories of working towards a Best in the World goal both individually and as a team member. Their fights, struggles and triumphs are shared in a group setting, creating an engaging and interactive learning environment for everyone involved.
The program works to instill a sense of national pride. Both elite athletes and military members are representatives of the USA abroad and, through this program, they're able to learn and grow together. The USSA, in conjunction with American300, will be coordinating this first-of-its-kind, year-round, two-way exchange program for our athletes, veterans and military service members around the world.
The Military Mentorship Program will be kicking off the 2014 summer with a visit to the Barksdale United States Air Force Base in Boisser City, Louisiana June 2-5. The host unit at Barksdale is the 2nd Bomb Wing (2BW), the oldest Bomb Wing in the Air Force.
Olympic American freestyle skier Emily Cook will be attending this event. She has eight career World Cup Podiums, over 30 World Cup top tens and five National Champion wins. Pat McDonald will also be attending. McDonald is a veteran of South Korea in 1991 when he was paralyzed in an accident. After a long road of rehabbing, Pat competed in curling representing the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Rookie Camp is scheduled for June 18-21 this summer. The Military Mentorship Program will host Jen Housholder, who was a heli pilot in the Army and suffered from PTSD. She is now a resiliency trainer and musician. She will be introducing the Military Monitorship Program, presented by PenFed, to rookies that are preparing to become a part of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freesking. Jen will be accompanied by Rob Powers to encourage young athletes to become elites representing the United States. Much like active duty military and veterans, these elite athletes will be representing the United Stated on both a national and international level. The Military Mentorship Program facilitates meaningful interactions that athletes and veterans can grow from.