Walk to Occur on NFL Opening Sunday, September 13th
Parsippany, N.J. (Monday, August 17, 2009) – Resolution Sports announced today that the company has formed a team open to the public for the 1st Annual Giant Steps for 9-11 Commemorative Walk, which is presented by a Journey for 9-11 and is scheduled for NFL opening weekend on Sunday, September 13th. The walk is in commemoration of the 3,003-mile trek that Super Bowl champion and former New York Giants captain George Martin did for a nine-month span beginning in 2007 to raise money for the first responders of the 9-11 attacks.
“As soon as I was given the word from a Journey for 9-11 Executive Director George Martin II, I immediately registered a team on behalf of Resolution Sports,” President John Archibald said. “If George Martin can spend nine months of his life walking over 3,000 miles for the benefit of those heroes of 9-11, the absolute least I can do is walk beside him for 13 miles and fully support his incredible foundation. I encourage all of our supporters out there to register on our team for this walk so we can show those that risked or lost their lives during the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks that their heroism will never be forgotten.”
Registration onto the Resolution Sports walk team can be done by clicking this link with the $35 registration fee going to a Journey for 9-11. This is the first historical walk of what will be an annual event for a Journey for 9-11, and joining Martin will be other New York Giant and National Football League alumni. The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the George Washington Bridge, the same starting point of Martin’s legendary trek to San Diego. From there the 13-mile hike will move through 11 Bergen County communities before arriving at Giants Stadium prior to their 2009 season opener against their division rivals, the Washington Redskins. The top 300 fundraisers for the event will join Martin on the field before kickoff, and that group will also be personal guests of Martin in a special post-walk tailgate party at the new Giants Timex Performance Center. Those that participate in this tremendous affair will also receive a limited edition event t-shirt and return transportation to their starting point. Anyone that would like to partake in this commemorative walk but does not feel they can walk the full 13 miles can join the walkers for either the final six or two miles of the event. For more information on the Giant Steps for 9-11 Commemorative Walk, visit the organization website at www.ajourneyfor911.info.
While there have been many well-defined moments in his lifetime, George Martin showed the true character of his being with the foundation of a Journey for 9/11. Many of those who had rushed to aid in the aftermath of 9/11 are sick with respiratory and other diseases that can cause permanent disability, and some have unfortunately lost their jobs and have been unable to get the necessary treatment for their health problems due to a lack of insurance. Bothered by this, Martin decided he wanted to make a difference and established a Journey for 9/11.
In support of his foundation, Martin began walking on September 16, 2007, at the George Washington Bridge in New York City with his sights set on walking all the way to San Diego, California, to raise money for a Journey for 9/11. 3003 miles, nine months and 27 pairs of shoes later, he arrived in San Diego on June 21, 2008. He raised over two million dollars in the process, while also shedding 41 pounds on his journey. Further displaying his perseverance, Martin did not miss a single day of walking due to injury, sickness or fatigue.
Martin remains steadfast in his commitment to raising funds for his initiative still today. To make a contribution to this incredible foundation, click here.
Prior to his heroism for a Journey for 9/11, Martin displayed the same fearlessness on the football gridiron. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Martin was drafted by the Giants in 1975 after playing college football at the University of Oregon. He was co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion Giants, sacking Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway for a safety in the first half. Earlier that season, he picked Elway in a regular season contest and returned the interception for a 78-yard touchdown, a series of events that then-Giants head coach Bill Parcells called the greatest football play that he had ever seen.
Over his 14-year career, Martin tallied 46 sacks and seven touchdowns (six on defense) and missed a mere six games in 14 years of service to the Giants. His six defensive scores came by means of three interception returns, two fumble returns, and a lateral on a blocked field goal. That ranked as the best by a defensive lineman in NFL history until defensive end Jason Taylor broke the mark in 2006.
A Journey for 9/11 is only a portion of the philanthropic work that Martin does. He currently serves as the co-founder and Executive Board Member of Minority Athletes Networking (MAN), a non-profit organization that cultivates the inner city youth. He also serves as an Ambassador for the NFL Youth Football Initiative and as a board member of the New York Football Giants Alumni, where he helps former players get back into productive roles in society. He is additionally the Honorary President of Tomorrows Children’s Fund and the Honorary Dinner Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he is also a current member of the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey.