Walk Hard 2015 to benefit vets, first responders

Posted: Monday, 23 February 2015

TROY - Troy University fraternity members will walk for wounded warriors, veterans and first responders during Alpha Tau Omega's Walk Hard.

The 128.3-mile walk will commence at 8 a.m. on March 6 on the Troy University Quad and will wrap up on March 11, with a reception at the Pier Park Boardwalk in Panama City Beach, Fla. Sixteen brothers of Alpha Tau Omega will participate in the five-day walk, fourteen for the first time.

All proceeds raised from this year's walk will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project and Jeep Sullivan's Outdoor Adventures. The organization offers wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders an opportunity to refresh and recharge while enjoying nature.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the Wounded Warrior Project," said Logan Wagner, 2015 Walk Hard director. "This is a great opportunity to sacrifice our time to honor and help others who have given so much of their lives for our country and for our freedom."

The inaugural Walk Hard hike was held in 2010, to raise scholarships for children with juvenile diabetes to attend Camp Seale Harris. Walk Hard co-founder and TROY graduate Kyle Crabtree said it has been neat to see how the event has transformed since its conception.

"I'm very proud of the chapter for creating an event that means so much to them personally," Crabtree said. "Several of the brothers currently in the chapter are in the military and working with Wounded Warrior Project resonates with the Army presence in southeast Alabama."

The event has become a signature event for the chapter and receives annual recognition from the national Alpha Tau Omega organization. The walk raises money with no overhead costs, allowing all proceeds to be donated directly to the philanthropic organization.

Anyone interested in donating to Walk Hard 2015 can give through the fraternity's GoFundMe site, www.gofundme.com/atowalkhard. Checks may also be mailed to:

  • Alpha Tau Omega: Walk Hard
  • 406 Fraternity Circle
  • Troy, AL 36081

For more information, please contact Logan Wagner at atowalkhard@gmail.com.