Press Release courtesy of Spike TV
The Ultimate Fighting
Championship and Spike TV
have joined forces to present “UFC Fight For The Troops,” a special three-hour
live televised event on Wednesday, Dec. 10 starting at 9:00 PM ET to raise
funds to build a treatment center for the brave men and women in the United
States Armed Forces who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The
facility is being sponsored, built and equipped by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes
Fund. The announcement was made by Dana White, UFC
President and Kevin Kay, Spike TV President.
The goal of UFC Fight For The Troops is to raise the
necessary funds for The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an
advanced research facility in Bethseda, Md. dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment
of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI)
and psychological health issues.
“With this event on Dec. 10, we hope to raise millions for
the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and to help increase national awareness for the
meaningful ways the National Intrepid Center of Excellence will impact the
lives of our service personnel here in the United States,” said White.
“Spike TV has the deepest respect and admiration for the men
and women who put their lives on the line for us every day,”
said Kay. “Spike TV is proud to be a part of raising funds to build this
world class state of the art research and physical rehabilitation facility
where active duty personnel and veterans with traumatic brain injuries can
receive the best medical care this country has to offer – we owe them no less.”
about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at http://www.fallenheroesfund.org or by
calling 1-800-340 HERO.
Spike TV will telecast UFC Fight For The Troops live from
Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 9:00 PM – Midnight,
ET. The event will feature a full UFC fight card as well as celebrity
appearances and an all-star lineup of UFC fighters. A phone bank in Los
Angeles will also be created where donors can interact with the celebrities and
UFC fighters answering phones. Further details on appearances and event
information will be released soon.
About The Intrepid
Fallen Heroes Fund
Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the
United States Armed Forces and their families, is launching an important new
effort to serve our military community. The Fund will design and build
the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE).
NICoE will be
a 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the Navy campus at
Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center. NICoE will be designed to provide the most advanced services for
advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction
to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military
personnel and veterans with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, and/or complex
psychological health issues.
Begun in 2000, The
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has provided close to $75 million in support for
families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely
wounded military personnel and veterans. Most recently, the Fund designed
and built a $55 million advanced physical rehabilitation facility, called the Center for the
Intrepid, which is now open and operating at Brooke Army Medical
Center in San Antonio and is treating military personnel and veterans.
NICoE will be the Fund’s newest area of support for those who serve in defense
of our nation and their families.