Bill Walton visits Innova to discuss Inspire! and our support of Operation Rebound.
Just after the NCAA final four was decided this past weekend, basketball great, Bill Walton, visited Innova on Monday morning to meet with us to talk about Inspire!, Innova, his career and life, leadership stories about John Wooden, his video with FranklinCovey and the Operation Rebound program which is run by the Challenged Athelete's Foundation (CAF). Operation Rebound is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.
We believe there is great synergy between this foundation, Innova's mission for supporting our troops and the Inspire! application. One of our primary customers in the Pentagon is responsible for personnel safety and suicide prevention and is challenged with huge numbers of troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries and depression. In an article by NPR, they state that nearly as many American troops at home and abroad have committed suicide this year as have been killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Operation Rebound is a program that is addressing this issue by inspiring injured veterans to get their lives back by participating in sports and races. We believe that Inspire! could be another great tool to help vets get on the right track by helping them define their values, mission and roles, set goals and accomplish them through the weekly planning. We plan to donate the app to as many veterans as possible and are working with Bill on more ways we can get involved.
One of our employees, Bob Maslach, is already involved in this program and is training for the CAF Million Dollar Challenge coming up this fall. Bob and his wife will be cycling over 600 miles down the California coast from San Francisco to San Diego alongside veterans from Operation Rebound and other athletes. We will be working on a fund raiser at Innova to support Bob and CAF over the next few weeks and look forward to bringing Bill Walton back into the office to present our plan to all employees.
In the meantime, Lynn and I will be rooting for her home state team, Kentucky this weekend. Go Wildcats!