Reflecting on the Importance of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game

 Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

While Eagles fans still celebrate their victory over the Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, many remember another incredible football game—one that happened the night before those two famous team stepped on the field. On the eve of the Super Bowl, military heroes showed us their athletic grit and inspired all those who watched. 

On that Wednesday, FASTPORT had the opportunity to sponsor the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team as it defended its 7-year strong undefeated record against NFL alumni at Concordia University's Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota. FASTPORT was honored to witness the game as well as get to know the incredible players who make up the team, including its captain and Marine Veteran BJ Ganem. 

“This game is a tremendous opportunity to show just what wounded warriors can do - that the human spirit is powerful as we explore endless possibilities in our professional and personal lives,” said Ganem, who lost a leg below the knee in Iraq in 2004. “To play against some of the NFL’s most iconic players, whom many of us grew up watching on television, is also incredible. And we appreciate the support we receive from Americans of all walks of life who come out to watch us play in support of this endeavor.”

Ganem had joined FASTPORT earlier in 2017 to help honor finalists in the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award program at the George W. Bush Library and Museum where his painted portraits done by former President Bush hung within the museum's larger collection. Ganem's continued support of the Veteran community matched well with FASTPORT's dedication to provide the military community with economic opportunity through career matching, so they committed to work together in that shared foundation. 

With the game now past and their record still undefeated, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football team stands as a remembrance for all that these wounded warriors are truly that—warriors. We thank them for the service they performed in their military careers, how they inspire those with their charity football games, and how their partnership is directly helping their fellow Veterans.