Operation Hat Trick (OHT) Makes Donation to the Warrior for Life Fund, in Honor of Fallen Navy SEAL Brian Bourgeois

HAMPTON, N.H., February 9, 2021 – Operation Hat Trick (OHT), an innovative non-profit supporting the recovery of wounded service members and veterans, announced today they have made a donation to the Warrior For Life Fund, and the donation is being made in honor of fallen Navy SEAL Brian Bourgeois.

The donation will be used to assist with veterans coping with PTS, depression and sleep deprivation through therapeutic hockey programs, sled hockey equipment, coaching and teams.

"OHT is honored to make a donation to the Warrior for Life Fund and their many hockey programs that support veterans in need. We do this in memory of Navy SEAL Brian Bourgeois who died tragically in a training accident in December of last year. We honor Brian's dedication to country and his commitment to keep us all safe."

Commanding Officer of SEAL Team EIGHT Brian Bourgeois died in December of last year in a training exercise. Bourgeois graduated in 2001 from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned into the Navy and Naval Special Warfare, where he served for over 20 years.

Commander Bourgeois also received a master's degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and received the Pat Tillman Leadership Award for his class. At the time of his death, he was the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team EIGHT. The team was running a training operation in Norfolk, Virginia when Commander Bourgeois was fatally injured. Commander Bourgeois is survived by his wife and five children, and they are all in the thoughts of everyone at Operation Hat Trick.

About Operation Hat Trick

Operation Hat Trick is recognized by GuideStar as a Platinum seal of transparency organization for its responsible (https:/learn.guidestar.org/platinum). Dedicated to Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two Navy SEALs who were killed in Iraq in 2008 and are buried side by side at Arlington National Cemetery, OHT never forgets their sacrifice.

OHT is differentiated from other veteran-focused nonprofits by its innovative operating model. OHT pioneered the first national philanthropic co-branded cause marketing retail apparel licensing program. Rather than relying on donations to raise money, OHT receives a royalty on every product purchase of co-branded apparel and merchandise in conjunction with over 500 supporting American colleges and universities, as well as many NHL, NBA and MiLB teams. Its products are also available via online retailers such as Fanatics, Amazon and national retailers including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Kohl’s, Lids, Scheels and more.

Support and learn more about Operation Hat Trick by visiting operationhattrick.org.

About The Warrior for Life Fund

OHTThe Warrior for Life Fund is dedicated to supporting active duty, retired veterans, and their families as they transition through the unique challenges of combat service. The Warrior for Life Fund aims to provide programs, venues and infrastructure to support service members and their families long-term.

The Warrior for Life Fund is focused on raising funds for, and providing leadership to, local adult and youth hockey programs. The Warrior for Life Fund seeks to professionalize and expand existing hockey programs which support not only the Naval Special Warfare community but also the greater military community of the Hampton Roads area. For more information, visit warriorforlifefund.org/.