Daniels to ‘walk hard’ for wounded vets

Published 3:00 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

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A Greenville native is joining his fraternity brothers to walk their way to a better quality of life, both spiritually and physically, for some of the nation’s disabled veterans.

Braxton Daniels, a 2018 Fort Dale Academy graduate, and fellow members of Alpha Tau Omega at Troy University will be participating next month in “Walk Hard,” the campus organization’s eighth annual fundraiser for Jeep Williams’ Wounded Warriors Outdoor Adventures, Inc.

Walk Hard is a six-day, 128.3-mile journey from Troy to Panama City Beach set for March 6-11, and it offers Daniels and 31 of his fraternity brothers the opportunity to raise money and awareness for this 501 (3) c non-profit organization. Wounded Warriors Outdoor Adventures was founded by Williams, a retired Baptist minister, to “facilitate the healing of spirit, soul and body through outdoor adventures at no cost to these heroes.”

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“These wounded warriors are given the opportunity to go on incredible adventures, while at the same time hearing the Gospel. If walking 128.3 miles brings enjoyment and meaning to those who risked their lives for me, I would walk a thousand miles more,” Daniels said.

A sophomore majoring in exercise science at Troy, Daniels says ATO’s participation in Walk Hard is one of the things that made him want to join the fraternity in the first place.

“I am walking this year because I fully believe in and support the amazing things Jeep Sullivan does,” he explained.

Daniels admits that initially, the idea of walking that distance seemed scary, but believes it will be well worth the effort.

“If it means giving veterans a second chance and a way to hear the Gospel, honestly, I would walk it again and again.”

Daniels and his fellow ATO brothers have been in the process of obtaining sponsors for their Walk Hard “march to the sea” next month. They still welcome any and all contributions to the cause by businesses, organizations and individuals.

“I would absolutely love support from people in my hometown and would be so appreciative for any donation given,” Daniels said.

Giving up a relaxing spring break to walk for the nation’s wounded and hurting warriors is worth it, he says.

“Yes, this is during our spring break — but when you think about it, our veterans give up so much more, including holidays, birthdays and even family time fighting for our freedom,” Daniel said.

Daniels can hardly wait to go on his march to the sea.

“Walk Hard has positively affected so many people across the country. I cannot wait to play just a small part in the amazing things Jeep does,” he concluded.

For more information concerning Walk Hard, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ATOWalkHard/.

The ATO brothers are also partnering with Eagle Eye Outfitters of Dothan for their fourth annual Walk Hard Raffle, including products from Yeti, Eno, The North Face and Hydro Flask.  Contributions/raffle ticket purchases may be made online at https://ato.crowdchange.co/10393/page/150483 (raffle ends Feb. 28). Donation checks may also be mailed to: Braxton Daniels, 8907 East Emmett Ave., Brantley AL. 36009