One of Active Heroes’ campaigns on the rise is the Virtual Athlete program, also known as an Ambassador Athlete. This allows athletes across the country the ability to register to represent Active Heroes as an ambassador in fight against veteran suicide at any race or marathon. These athletes help spread the word through their family, friends and fellow athletes and raise awareness within their local communities.
Supporters can register for an Active Heroes, ‘Athletes Aware,’ shirt for $50 or a tech version of the shirt for $75. Participants are encouraged to wear their virtual athlete shirts to any marathon or race they are a part of thereafter.
Education and awareness are the keys in the fight to end veteran suicide. Active Heroes holds Virtual Athlete informational and comradery meetings at the Active Heroes Community Center. These meetings cover topics such as updates on upcoming events, new free programs and new national opportunities.
“By educating these virtual ambassadors Active Heroes hopes to create a team of people ready to tell others about the organization and everything it has to offer,” said Jeremy Sneed, project manager of Active Heroes’ Virtual Athlete program. “In the upcoming month, a team of 10 will be racing in the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon. At this 18,000-person race, simply wearing the shirt brings awareness of veteran suicide and Active Heroes to thousands of people in just one race.”
Active Heroes is excited about this program and plans to hold another Virtual Athlete meeting in the following months. Click here to learn more about Active Heroes’ Virtual Athlete program, and to get more information on how to become an ambassador athlete.
If you would like to learn more about the Active Heroes Community Center’s weekly events, go to:https://activeheroes.org/community-center/