• Green Beret With A Mission Challenge

    Presented By Service Credit Union

A Team Building Fitness Challenge led by U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret Soldiers

A truly unique and fun opportunity for endurance, crossfit, and adventure athletes!

PLEASE REGISTER NOW

Our 1st Annual Green Beret Mission Challenge to honor our Veterans will take place on Friday, July 9, 2021. This charity event is designed to give adventure athlete teams from a Crossfit or other sports background a test of endurance while providing a taste of the physical and mental challenges Army Special Forces soldiers face in accomplishing some of their real-world missions. It will be a fun, challenging event led by Army Green Berets!

This event is a cooperative effort between Swim With A Mission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Veterans services, The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute, also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which runs outdoor therapeutic retreats for military personnel, veterans and First Responders and The Green Beret Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that honors a commitment to Green Berets past and present by providing Special Forces Soldiers and their families with emergency, immediate, and ongoing support.

Meet our U.S. Army Green Beret Soldiers

Water & snacks on the course and a BBQ meal after completion of the challenge

Leadership and Team Building Activities

Awards and Special Recognition for Winners

Live Military Demonstrations

Prizes and Raffles

Registration and Fundraising Details

Teams must have a minimum of 5 members up to a maximum of 10. The registration fee is $50 per person. Also, teams are encouraged to fundraise to the best of their abilities since all the proceeds go to programs that serve military, veterans and first responders. More details about fundraising are below.

What’s Included in Your Registration Fee:

  • Leadership and Team Building activities led by Army Green Berets
  • All equipment needed to complete the challenge
  • Raffles Ticket and Award Eligibility
  • Water & snacks on the course and a BBQ meal after completion of the challenge
  • A Green Beret Mission Challenge patch

Registration is Limited. Only 200 Spots Available!

Honoring Our Fallen

To honor and remember the 92 New Hampshire soldiers who have died in service to our country since 2001 in the Global War on Terror, we will be sending everyone who registers for the 1st Annual Green Beret With A Mission Challenge a bracelet to wear while training and competing in the event. Each bracelet will have the name, branch, rank and the date each service member made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You can see all of these service members listed on our Honor Wall and learn more about the lives of each fallen hero.

1st Annual Green Beret Mission Challenge Details

Friday, July 09, 2021

The ultimate physical, mental, and teamwork challenge! Each team will negotiate a course with multiple stations where they will be required to complete Special Forces mission tasks that will challenge them physically and mentally. Teams in each category that complete the course the fastest and having the highest score will receive awards and prizes. After completing the course, each team is invited to enjoy a BBQ meal and mingle with Army Green Berets (and hear some “Special Forces stories” if so inclined!). This is a truly unique and fun opportunity for endurance, crossfit, and adventure athletes!

Participant Qualifications

  1. In good health and capable of running long distances/lifting and carrying heavy objects
  2. Committed to supporting our veterans and designated charities
  3. Each team will have between 5-10 members
  4. Fundraising is not required, but highly encouraged! To further motivate our competitors, there will be fundraising incentives

Recognition & Awards

  • The winning teams will get special recognition.
  • Official Green Beret Mission Challenge awards will be presented to the winning teams

General Rules and Details for All Participants

  • Please stay on the course at all times
  • Medical personnel will be on site for any medical emergencies
  • A Green Beret will accompany each team through the challenge

Challenge Route

  • A map will be provided before the start of the challenge

Volunteer Information

Our 1st Annual Green Beret Mission Challenge will require a lot of work to run. We are hoping to get a number of volunteers who are willing to help with the tasks below. Please register online through the link VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION.

Fundraising

The Green Beret Mission Challenge is a fundraiser to help Veterans so we encourage all participants to fundraise to the best of their abilities. Every dollar helps! When you register you will automatically receive a link to a fundraising page. Please use this link to create a unique page for your supporters. Please fundraise through the link that is created through Pledgereg or send funds directly to us payable to Swimming With A Mission Inc and clearly note who should receive the credit for the donation. Fundraising is done as individuals and recognition will be given to the top fundraisers at the event. All incentives will be based on fundraising completed by 7/8 (except T-shirts). Remember, EVERYONE can fundraise!


FUNDRAISING REGISTRATION

Individual Fundraising Incentives:

  • GBWAM event shirt for any individual that raises $250
  • GBWAM Hat for any individual who raises at least $500
  • GBWAM hooded sweatshirt for any individual who raises at least $1,000
  • Signed Green Beret flag for any individual that raises at least $2,500
  • Invite to VIP reception on 7/10 for any individual that raises more than $5000

Parking

There will be NO Public Parking for the event inside Wellington State Park.

There is no on street parking allowed on West Shore Road.
Please park in one of our designated parking lots.

Satellite Parking and Shuttles Will Be Available From 5:30AM-5:00PM**

Thank you to Easter Seals/Veterans Counts for organizing our parking volunteers and providing the Shuttle Buses!

There are 4 Lots Available…

457 West Shore Road (Open 05:30-17:00)
22 Hemp Hill Road (Open 5:30AM-17:00) VOLUNTEERS ONLY
Freudenberg Lot, 450 Pleasant Street (Open 10:00-17:00)
Village Pizza of Bristol, 825 Lake Street (Open 10:00-17:00)

Vendors and Booth Holders will be given ONE parking pass so please plan accordingly.

SWAM would like to thank the following sponsors for the donation of land for our much-needed overflow parking lot.

Event Schedule

This is a TENTATIVE schedule…updates will be made as the event is closer.

Pre-Challenge Meeting 08:30
Challenge Begins
Teams go through course (See schedule below)
Teams start every 15 minutes until 12PM – this is a total of 16 teams and up to 160 participants.
Last team should finish around 3PM.
09:00
BBQ for Participants/Meet and Greet with Green Berets11:00 – 16:00
Military and Dog Demonstrations15:30
Closing/Awards Ceremony16:00

Fundraising Support

Welcome to the 2021 1st Annual Green Beret Mission Challenge fundraising campaign.  Here are a few helpful hints to achieve success.

Make a List

Lists are great, they simplify, clarify and streamline your efforts. The first place to start is from your mobile devices.  Include all your contacts and emails.  More is better.

  1. All your relatives, every single one of them; $20 from each will add up very quickly.
  2. Work colleagues, let everyone know about this great event. Don’t forget to ask about matching contributions.
  3. Neighbors, any club you belong to: book clubs, tennis teams, cross fit groups, gun clubs, running friends, networking groups, religious organizations, VFW Halls, KOC memberships, any place you volunteer, PTA and of course swimming buddies.
  4. Anyone you pay; your accountant, plumber, electrician, mechanic, painter.

Creative Ideas

Instead of birthday/holiday gifts ask for a donation.

Play a board game, card game, dice, pool, darts or left right center with a group of friends and the winner donates the cash.

If permitted keep a change jar on your desk at work, with a large sign, and ask people to contribute loose change left over from lunch/coffee.

Restaurant Fundraisers. Contact local restaurants, bars or other proprietors and see if they will donate back a portion of the proceeds to SWAM.

Host a cocktail party or barbecue to support your mission.  You are asking for help and support.  Keep it simple, light on food and heavy on donations.

Make the Ask

Start small.  Make the first ask to someone you know will donate, next to the person you think will help and continue from there.  You are doing this for a great cause. 

Communicate Via:

Email     Text    Telephone    In Person    Handwritten Note

Use your social media outlets:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and any other ways you communicate.  Videos are a great way to capture interest.  Perhaps include photos or a video of you training, at the gym, drinking a protein shake, a picture of your new swim goggles, your flip flops, have fun with this.

@swimwithamssion    #swimwithamission    Facebook

Communicate and Communicate Again

Donors are often willing but busy and typically have to be reminded before they commit to helping you.  Our Military protects everyone and our Veterans need and deserve our help. Mention the recipients:  The Navy SEAL Museum, Veterans Count, Dan Healy Foundation to name a few.

Thank You

Don’t forget to say thank you.  It is always a good idea to personally thank each person who donates by sending them a handwritten note, an email, a phone call, or give them a shout-out on social media.

Extra Help

Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help!

Suzanne Fischer

Company Gift Programs

Remember many companies match gifts…please contact your employer to see if they have a matching gift program.

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