Armed Forces Challenge
WHAT IS AN ARMED FORCES CHALLENGE?
The Armed Forces Challenge was conceived of by William M. Anderson, a retired Marine Sniper and Navy Seal. The purpose of the Challenge is to raise funds to support veterans of the United States armed services to help them and/or their families.
Each year the event called the Armed Forces Challenge is held at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI to raise funds to be donated to various non-profit organizations that support veterans and their families. The Armed Forces Challenge is not constituted in such a manner that we can directly support individual veterans and/or their families. The funds that are raised by the AFC are then donated to specific non-profit organizations that can directly benefit individual veterans and/or members of their families. Past recipients have included the Milwaukee Area Veterans Resource Center, Fisher House, and War Dogs. Veterans organizations will again receive donated funds from the 2020 event.
Prior to the formation of the Armed Forces Challenge as a voluntary, unincorporated, charitable, nonprofit association, we conducted the annual Challenge to raise funds for non-profit organizations that helped veterans and/or their families, but we did not state that we were a non-profit, and donations received were not designated as eligible for tax exemptions under the IRS Code.
The senior division of the event is open to active and former members of the U.S. Armed Services, members of ROTC programs, law enforcement, fire fighters and community teams. The junior division is open predominantly to members of JROTC programs, junior police and fire fighter programs, and students in military academies in grades 9-12. The events include an assault craft relay, an obstacle course relay, a sniper crawl relay, a tire flip relay, a chin up competition and a team tug of war. Winners are awarded medals and a traveling trophy in the senior division and medals and a plaque in the women’s and junior divisions.
Each year after expenses are paid, remaining funds raised from sponsorships solicited for the event, donations, and entry fees are combined to be donated to one or more designated charities.
The event is conducted each year by a Planning Committee comprised of approximately ten volunteers under the direction of an Event Chair. The Planning Committee meets on at least a monthly basis and sub-committees under the direction of a member of the Planning Committee meet as needed.
The event started in 2013 with eight teams, and has had as many as 22 teams entered in the event in any given year. Our goal for 2020 is thirty teams.
Donations greatly appreciated!
ARMY - AIR FORCE - MARINES - NAVY - COAST GUARD - LAW ENFORCEMENT - FIRE FIGHTERS - MILITARY ACADEMIES - HIGH SCHOOLS - COMMUNITY TEAMS