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Arizona State University Donates Footballs to OGA


Press Release: OGA09-PR-1

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009

Arizona State University has made a donation of footballs to Operation Gridiron Airlift. ASU becomes the first team from the Pac-10 Conference to show its support for our troops serving overseas by donating some of its footballs to OGA. Arizona State is where Pat Tillman played college football. In 2002, Tillman left a career in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army in the months following 9-11. He became an Army Ranger and was killed as a result of friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004. The footballs donated by ASU have been shipped directly to The Pat Tillman Memorial USO Center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The list of contributors to Operation Gridiron Airlift continues to grow and currently includes;

  • The National Football League / Detroit Lions

  • The Arena Football League / Grand Rapids Rampage

  • The Continental Indoor Football League / Kalamazoo Xplosion

  • The Intense Football League / San Angelo Stampede Express

  • The United States Air Force Academy (Mountain West Conference)

  • Western Michigan University (Mid-American Conference)

  • Central Michigan University (Mid-American Conference)

  • Purdue University (Big Ten Conference)

  • Arizona State University (Pac-10 Conference)

  • FlexFab, LLC

  • Private donations

About Operation Gridiron Airlift

For our troops serving overseas, the simplest gifts from home are always a welcome sight and very much appreciated. And what is more American than a football? Sometimes, just tossing a football around or organizing a friendly game while deployed overseas can be a welcome diversion, bringing a bit of home to a foreign location. That's why Operation Gridiron Airlift is collecting new and used footballs, that are in good condition, and sending them to our troops serving overseas. 

The organizer of Operation Gridiron Airlift is retired Master Sergeant Randy Snow of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He spent 21 years serving in the Michigan Air National Guard and retired as a member of the Battle Creek ANG Base in 2002. Since 2003, he has covered the Arena Football League, arenafootball2, the Continental Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football. He has also covered the All American Football League and the Canadian Football League. His work can be found on ArenaFan.com, OurSportsCentral.com and AmericanChronicle.com.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Randy at RandySnow22@yahoo.com.