Award winner will be named during “2nd Annual NFL Honors” event on February 2
NEW YORK –The NFL and USAA, the League’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced the two finalists for the 2012 Salute to Service Award today. USAA is a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community.
The Salute to Service Award will be presented to one of the finalists at the “2nd Annual NFL Honors” – a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Saturday, February 2, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on CBS. In addition, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in the winner’s honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.
“There are many men and women across the NFL who actively support the military and their families,” said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA’s external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. “The Salute to Service Award is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on at least a few of those stories so that we may inspire others to do the same.”
Two-time Pro Bowl player Tillman, whose father, Army Sergeant Donald Tillman Jr., retired after 20 years of service, understands the importance of giving back to those who serve our country as well as their families.
During the Bears’ bye week this season, Tillman flew to Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, to provide critically-ill children and their families with access to notebook computers, DVD players, digital cameras and MP3 players to help pass the time during recovery as part of his charity’s Charles’ Locker program. He also regularly conducts youth football camps on military bases, including the Army’s Fort Hood and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms in California.
Dominik consistently seeks ways to connect his organization with the military, whether it’s through training camp invitations for service members, organizing Veterans Affairs hospital visits or providing front-row tickets at Buccaneers’ home games. This season, Dominik established a “Salute to Service Suite” at Raymond James Stadium to honor more than a dozen local military heroes at every home game.
With a passion for post-service personal and professional development assistance, Dominik spearheaded the Central Florida Military Resource Fair at Raymond James Stadium. The event, free to military, featured a job fair with federal, state and local employers, as well as interview skill development and resume assistance.
In October 2012, 23 NFL clubs nominated coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.
Source: NFL Media