PLATINUM2024

Warrior For Life Fund

Supporting active duty, retired veterans, and their families as they transition through the unique challenges of combat service.

aka Warrior For Life Fund   |   Virginia Beach, VA   |  https://warriorforlifefund.org/

Mission

The Warrior for Life Fund focuses support to active duty, veterans, and their families through sport and community as they navigate the unique challenges of combat deployments and life after service. Utilizing an evidence based and informed approach, WFLF creates an enduring environment of fellowship, fitness, and mental/cognitive health improvement that has lasting impact to our members.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Ryan Croley

Vice President / CFO

Michael Fleetwood

Main address

309 Aragona Blvd Suites 107-108

Virginia Beach, VA 23462 USA

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Formerly known as

VIRGINIA BEACH HOCKEY CLUB CHALLENGE TEAM INC

EIN

46-0552796

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Winter Sports (Snow and Ice) (N68)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Warrior for Life Fund focuses support to active duty, veterans, and their families through sport and community as they navigate the unique challenges of combat deployments and life after service. Using an evidence based and informed approach, WFLF creates an enduring environment of fellowship, fitness, and mental/cognitive health improvement that has lasting impact to our members.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WFLF - Adaptive Hockey

The WFLF Adaptive Hockey Sled Program is made up of a group of mentors and athletes committed to promoting camaraderie, competition, and athleticism to those with disabilities.

Our goal is to introduce the game of hockey for those in Hampton Roads military community that are unable to play stand-up hockey. The WFLF Hockey Program seeks to develop a team atmosphere and a positive environment for mentors and athletes who want to learn to play hockey. There are no physical limitations to join the team but require a strong work ethic, dedication, and a positive attitude.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

The Warrior For Life Fund is dedicated to supporting the NSW and their families in the Hampton Roads area as they transition through the unique challenges of combat service. We honor the sacrifices made by NSW members and Gold Star families. Twice each year we honor Gold Star families by bringing together the NSW community to celebrate the life and legacy of fallen heroes through the game of hockey. The Warrior for Life Fund aims to provide programs, venues and infrastructure to support these service members and their families long-term.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

The Warrior For Life Fund hosts several unique recurring events aimed at building relationships within the community, introducing hockey to and developing new players, and providing and outlet for NSW members and other active duty and veteran players to come together.

The WFLF 'Virginia Beach Hockey Club' program is focused on providing a family friendly atmosphere for ice hockey players to come together and enjoy the game. Our goal is to promote the sport, exercise and have fun.

The WFLF 'D-League' is a year-round program aimed at introducing hockey to active duty and retired military members, and the greater Hampton Roads community at large, who possess limited or no ice hockey experience. The program focuses learning the game of hockey while playing the games.

The WFLF NSW League is focused on bringing together NSW and other Active Duty and Veteran hockey players weekly in a 'pick up-style' competitive game.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Adults

The WFLF 'FOFH' program brings together NHL Alumni and WFLF teams in competitive fundraiser events. Our annual events bring together our players and families to provide a unique experience. This program provides the opportunity to showcase WFLF programs and forge new relationships both inside and outside the hockey community. FOFH events have been hosted a the Bentley Arena and Warrior Ice Center in Boston, Madison Square Garden in New York, and locally in Virginia Beach.

Population(s) Served

The WFLF is not only focused on Active Duty and veterans, but is also involved in local youth hockey programs as mentors and coaches. Our presence in the community builds awareness and support for other WFLF programs. WFLF partners with the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association with an aim toward providing mentorship and instilling a greater sense of community.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families
Military personnel
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Navy Seal Foundation 2019

Boston Bruins Alumni 2019

Boston Bruins Foundation 2019

Operation Hat Trick 2022

Fisher House of Boston 2022

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This captures the total number of participants across programs including: - Face Off for Heroes - Adaptive Hockey - WFLF Morning Pickup - Weekend NSW Skates Program - Community Involvement

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Warrior For Life Fund(r) focuses support to active duty, veterans, and their families through sport and community as they navigate the unique challenges of combat deployments and life after service. Utilizing an evidence based and informed approach, WFLF creates an enduring environment of fellowship, fitness, and mental/cognitive health improvement for our constituents.
members.

WFLF seeks to professionalize and expand our existing adult, veteran, and adaptive hockey programs WFLF will increase availability and access to cognitive health, mental health, and metal performance by partnering with professional clinicians and experts who understand veteran community. Our three-year goal is to create a "Permanent Presence" for peer-to-peer support, advocacy, and camaraderie amongst the Gold Star and Veteran communities in the Hampton Roads area.

Utilizing hockey as our primary development tool, WFLF seeks to develop teamwork, strong work ethics, uplifting attitudes, and active participation in sports through our programs. WFLF will host 5 memorial games throughout the United States per year, to honor our fallen, create awareness and create lasting memories for their families and participants WFLF Human Performance Faculty provides a location in Hampton Roads for social interaction, coffee socials, and peer-to-peer interaction. Human and mental performance, cognitive services, and mental health services and also provided at this location in a state-of-the-art facility.

By creating financial health for program stability, WFLF will maintain current benevolence levels and fundraisers, expand our corporate donor pool, and sustainer donors. WFLF seeks to apply for supporting Grants in 2024 and continue to partner with similar non-profit charities with similar missions: Navy SEAL Foundation, Operation Hat Trick, Boston Bruins Alumni, Boston Bruins Foundation, Navy Wounded Warrior and Safe Harbor, and Trails of Purpose.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Warrior For Life Fund

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
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Board chair

Ryan Croley

Frank Simonetti

Michael Fleetwood

Richard Appleby

Anthony Cabana

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable