TEAM Special Ops Survivors is our way of actively honoring the legacies of our fallen heroes and raising awareness of our organization and our survivors’ journeys.
TEAM Special Ops Survivors
TEAM Special Ops Survivors has been years in the making. This grassroots effort was started by our Board President, Trey Kubricht, and a group of motivated individuals who want to give back to the families of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Over two years ago, this group began training and competing in “mudders” or “mud runs.” The group wore t-shirts displaying the Special Ops Survivors logo. While their efforts brought some attention to our cause, they felt they could be doing more. In late 2013, this group took things to the next level and TEAM Special Ops Survivors was born.
The TEAM concept is born.
TEAM Special Ops Survivors memorializes our survivors, their heroes and their families on an on-going basis.
TEAM Special Ops Survivors operates on three principles: commitment to a cause higher than one’s self, the will to sacrifice time spent in training in order to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
At extreme obstacle races, all TEAM members wear desert tan uniforms, similar to that utilized by Special Ops personnel, including rucksacks. At these events, each TEAM member represents a different one of our survivors’ fallen heroes by donning a memorial patch that includes the fallen hero’s name, rank, unit and date of death. TEAM members work together at the events, much like our operators worked together on their teams, to conquer any obstacles. During the event, TEAM members share the stories of their heroes with other race participants. The goal at these races isn’t to win, it’s to finish the race together.
After each race is completed, the memorial patch and any unit patches are returned to the surviving spouse, and a copy of the memorial patch is rotated to the TEAM member’s rucksack. At the next event, a different set of heroes and their surviving spouses are highlighted while the TEAM members continue carrying the names of the previously honored on their rucksacks. In this way, the rucksacks become ongoing memorials to our fallen heroes.