Inspired to empower wounded veterans through a life-changing experience and new mission, Waterboy Champion and former Seattle Seahawk and active duty Green Beret, Nate Boyer, has joined Chris Long and the rest of the "Waterboys" to create the Conquering Kili project. Boyer has challenged wounded veteran, Blake Watson,to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent, in an effort to raise money and awareness for clean drinking water in Africa. Boyer has reached the first-year goal, raising over $110,000 to construct two wells and send Watson on the climb of his life! The duo made the climb in February, 2016 with Boyer reaching the summit on February 16. Watson will make another attempt at the summit next year.
This is just the beginning for Conquering Kili! The challenge will continue, this time with the goal to send a group of combat veterans and NFL alumni on the climb. The new mission has begun. Boyer aims to raise $1 million through the program and send as many veterans as possible up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Take the challenge today and help fund the next well!
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Taking this challenge is Marine combat veteran Blake Watson who lost his leg when he took a knee on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Iraq on his first deployment. The climb, which will represent a personal accomplishment for Watson, also exists as a representative climb for the sacrifices that all veterans and specifically wounded veterans have made for our country.
The climb is only half the battle of the Conquering Kili project! Boyer and Watson are committed to raising enough funds to build two wells for suffering communities in East Africa. One well will be dedicated in Watsonís name and a second well will be dedicated by Boyer in the name of Brad Keys, a fellow Green Beret and close friend who passed away in 2012.
The Conquering Kili project is a continuation of the service to others and the service to the third world that the two veterans committed to when joining the military. Though no longer serving the third world by fighting for freedom, the two will now fight for the right to access to clean water for suffering communities in East Africa.
Join the Conquering Kili challenge today! Boyer and Watson have taken the challenge to climb; now they need you to take the challenge to help them provide life-saving water to thousands of people. Join Nate and Blake as they take the challenge to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and help 10,000 people gain access to clean water. Help the pair of combat veterans Conquer Kili!
Nate Boyer | Waterboys Champion
Nate Boyer is what many would deem a renaissance man. The former active-duty Green Beret is also a world traveler, a philanthropist and community leader, and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.
After joining the US Army in 2005, Boyer earned the coveted Green Beret in December 2006. During his time in the military between 2006 and 2012 Boyer was deployed on multiple tours of duty including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as JCET (Joint Command Exchange Training) Missions to Israel, Bulgaria, and Greece.
After his exit from active duty, Boyer joined the Texan Longhorns as a long snapper, playing in 39 career games. Boyer has received numerous awards including; the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football, the National Football Foundationís coveted Legacy Award, 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and in 2012 became the first-ever recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Additionally, Boyer was named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes. Boyer joined the Seattle Seahawks for the 2015 pre-season.
Boyerís passions for service to others and love of life-changing experiences prompted him to join Waterboys as the first Waterboys Champion -- a celebrity who is a non active NFL player who is committed to providing clean water to communities in need by taking the challenge to raise the funds to build a well in East Africa.
Blake Watson | Veteran
Blake Watson enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 2009. Watson was deployed to the Helmond Province, Afghanistan with 3rd battalion 5th Marines in September of 2010. On December 14, 2010 Watson knelt down on top of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), causing Watson to lose his my left leg above the knee. Watson suffered some severe muscle and tissue damage to his right leg as well has having his left elbow fused. As a result, Watson medically retired from the Marine Corps in December of 2013.