Defender of the Nation Award
2016 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER
The recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award will be selected from one of the nation’s military academies including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point and is based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example.
THE INDEPENDENCE FUND:
Moving Our Nation’s Wounded Heroes Towards Greater Independence!
The Independence Fund’s mission is to support the Nation’s injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms they have fought so hard to preserve! It is a laser focused non-profit organization that provides independence to severely wounded Veterans through mobility, wellness, and caregiver support. Those who sacrifice for our country do so willingly with great pride and honor, and it is our privilege to serve them!
2016 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER: ANDREW KING
A two year starter at linebacker for the USMC at West Point, Kings enjoys football, working out and spending time with friends. King has played football since he was seven years old and is the first person from Flushing High School in Flushing, NY to attend West Point. King has served as Platoon Leader and Honor Officer and majors in Law and Legal Studies.
Jeff Monken, United States Military Academy Head Football Coach, commented, “Andrew is one of the finest young men I have been associated with during my coaching career. He has the respect of everyone in the locker room as well as the Corps of Cadets for his character and his commitment to the United States Military Academy’s values of Duty, Honor, Country. I am extremely proud of Andrew and what he has been able to accomplish at the Academy and he is truly one of America’s best.”
“The Independence Fund was established to make a lasting impact on our nation’s veterans who have gone to extreme lengths to serve and defend our country,” said Dr. Richard Jadick, chairman, The Independence Fund. “We are proud to sponsor the inaugural Defender of the Nation Award, which celebrates our nation’s military academies and the athletes who demonstrate exceptional dedication and leadership on and off the field. As the first-ever recipient, Andrew King has set a high bar; he represents the very best of our nation and this honor is well-deserved.”