Programs for military families fueled by donation

Participants of the inaugural Hoosiers For Hope Golf Tournament hosted at Orchard Ridge Country Club.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Oct. 19, 2022) – The inaugural Hoosiers For Hope Golf Tournament recently brought in nearly $32,000 for the national nonprofit, Hope For The Warriors (HOPE).

Organized by former collegiate golfer and PGA assistant golf professional Wyatt Larkin, teams of three were paired with a service member at Orchard Ridge Country Club for a day of raising awareness and funds for Hope For The Warriors.

Celebrating 16 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

“Hoosiers For Hope was an honor to organize and host,” shared Larkin. “It is the least I can do for those that serve and who have sacrificed everything. The battles our service members face do not stop on the battlefield and I am just happy I can be a part of their lives and recovery. This is the first of many events in Indiana as my mission is to spread awareness for Hope For The Warriors in the state of Indiana. The success of this event is a dream come true and a time in my life I, will not forget.”

Larkin first began supporting HOPE in 2011, when he was 14 years old and first heard of the national nonprofit and its mission. That year he raised money for the organization with a donation for every birdie he made during competition.

“At Hoosiers For Hope we had two services members who were personally struggling with their own demons,” said Erin Thompson, HOPE’s mission ambassador and event officer. “During this event they were able to connect, and they both realized they aren’t alone in this internal fight. What they are going through is normal and HOPE is there to help them find their way.”

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About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 40,000 through a variety of support programs focused on health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 192 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebookTwitter or Instagram.