HISTORY OF BROTHERS IN ARMS
The genesis of the Foundation is the story of LT Brendan Looney, US Navy SEAL and 2004 United States Naval Academy graduate, who was killed in southern Afghanistan when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed during combat operations in 2010. While in high school and at the US Naval Academy, LT Looney was an active member of the football and lacrosse teams. He recognized the value amateur athletics could play in the lives of young men and women and the unifying effect of amateur athletics among diverse groups of people.
To honor the legacy of LT Looney, and support the lives of thousands of other military men and women like him, Brothers in Arms Foundation will host annual sporting events as one part of the Foundation’s overall activities. The events are designed to increase awareness of military service and support assistance programs for active members of the United States military, veterans, and their families while highlighting the importance of community service.
The Brothers In Arms Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The Foundation was created to honor the legacies of fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, in coordination with their families, through community outreach and related activities.
Brothers In Arms Foundation organizes and promotes events for the benefit of one or more charitable organizations that champion our mission. Our mission is to provide funding assistance to existing organizations where the need is significant with an emphasis on educational opportunities and financial assistance for service members, heroic community servants, and their families. The Foundation strives to increase awareness of the selfless acts of the U.S. military and community servants.
The Foundation will use its funds to make gifts to such tax-exempt charitable, religious, educational, or scientific institutions as the members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, in their sole discretion, shall select, consistent with the requirements of Sections 4941 through 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The Foundation will place particular emphasis on supporting organizations that provide assistance to active members of the United States military, veterans, and their families as well as community servants. The Foundation may also provide funds to other organizations that have not received tax-exempt status under Code Section 501(c)(3) but whose activities are charitable or educational.
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Eric Beach Announces Relaunch of Brothers in Arms Foundation
Military Charity to Partner with Groups for Veterans Day
Los Angeles, CA (November 3, 2016,) Today, Eric Beach announced a relaunch of the Brothers in Arms Foundation (www.biafoundation.org). The Foundation’s mission is to provide funding assistance to military families and community servants with an emphasis on educational opportunities. The goal is to honor leaders across the country. In addition to the Brothers in Arms relaunch, the Foundation will contribute to existing organizations created by Gold Star families to honor their fallen military loved one.
“We need to do more to support our military families”, said Eric Beach. The Foundation was created to honor the legacies of fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in coordination with their families, through community outreach. The genesis of the Foundation is the story of LT Brendan Looney, US Navy SEAL and 2004 United States Naval Academy graduate, who was killed in southern Afghanistan when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed during combat operations in 2010. To honor the legacy of LT Looney, and many other fallen heroes, the Brothers In Arms Foundation will host annual events that are designed to increase awareness of military service.
In 2013, Beach formed the Under Armour Brothers in Arms Classic, which features nationally ranked high school football teams. The Classic offers a unique opportunity for young athletes from across the country to gather together to learn more about true leadership and sacrifice. It will no doubt inspire a generation of future leaders.