BOULDER, COLO â€“ Renowned ski and mountain apparel company, Spyder Active Sports, is joining forces with the NE Patriot Cheerleaders to honor three families from Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
The CFPF families will be gifted a memorable evening at Gillette Stadium with the NE Patriots in their December 16, 2012 game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots Cheerleaders, who sport Spyder jackets during cold, winter games, will greet the families along with the team mascot, Pat Patriot, in the VIP Pavilion before the game for photos.
Heather Cunningham will accompany her son, Connor, a CFPF scholarship recipient, to the game. Connor’s father, Daniel Cunningham, was killed in Iraq while serving in the Army. Brothers Drew and Evan Kleppe, recent graduates and CFPF scholarship recipients, will be in attendance as well. Their father, Navy pilot Ed Kleppe, was killed in a helicopter accident. Fellow CFPF scholarship recipient and graduate, New York Police Officer Danny Irizarry, will also be in attendance. Danny’s father, Henry Irizarry, was killed while serving in Iraq.
â€œI want to say thank you to Spyder and the New England Patriots for providing this tremendous opportunity to our wonderful CFPF families and for recognizing their service in a very public way. These families have willingly sacrificed so much for our nation and it is really wonderful when their surrounding communities reach out to them,â€ said Greg Frey, Executive Director of CFPF.
Spyder has been a proud supporter of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation through the sale of co-branded CFPF garments and accessories. With all of the foundation’s operating expenses covered by the Board of Advisors, every dollar donated goes directly toward college educations for the children of our fallen heroes. Tom McGann, president and CEO of Spyder, serves as the Chairman of the CFPF Board.
â€œSpyder is pleased to be able to partner with the NE Patriots cheerleaders and continue to support the CFPF in providing this opportunity to the Cunningham and Kleppe families,â€ said McGann.
Since its inception in 2002, CFPF has granted over $4.3 million in scholarships to more than 293 children and has enrolled over 1,700 pre-college aged children who will require the foundation’s services. CFPF estimates that over 15,000 children have lost a parent in combat or training accidents over the last 25 years.
About Spyder Active Sports
Renowned for integrating high-tech fabrics, fashion and functionality, Spyder is the world’s leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand. Launched in 1978 with the development of revolutionary padded slalom race sweaters, the iconic brand continues to develop progressive apparel season after season. Rigorously tested by top athletes across the world including the US and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams plus big mountain, freeski, and park and pipe professional skiers. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Spyder products are distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information and to view the current collection, please visit www.spyder.com.
About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was established in 2002 and provides college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of U.S. military personnel who are killed in the line of duty. CFPF’s vision is that every such child can have a debt-free college education. In this way, we honor the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf by ensuring the success of those they loved. CFPF is a 501(C)(3) foundation. For more information or to donate, please visit www.fallenpatriots.org.