On Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, the players of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are facing off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with hopes of securing the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. While both contenders are rivals for the big game, both teams are already champions for severely injured Veterans.
Over the past few years, the 49ers have recognized Homes For Our Troops Veterans and staff on the field during its Salute to Service celebrations. During one game, HFOT home recipient Marine Sgt Josh Sweeney (Hillsboro, OR) released the opening fog horn. At the end of the first quarter of the same game, members of the 49ers Community Relations Team and Foundation presented HFOT home recipient Marine Cpl Carlos Garcia (Murrieta, CA) with a ceremonial key to his HFOT home in Southern California. More recently, the team recognized HFOT home recipient and lifelong 49ers fan Army Specialist Fidel Bobadilla (Hanford, CA) on the field as a Hometown Hero and presented him with tickets and a trip to Seattle to watch the 49ers play the Seahawks in Seattle.
The Chiefs have also shown their support for severely injured Veterans. HFOT home recipient Marine Sgt Dustin Johns (Lee’s Summit, MO) has been a special guest at Kansas City Chiefs games through the organization Operation Warrior Wishes.
Last night, we were honored to join our friends & innovation partners @49ers in honoring Fidel Bobadilla, an E4 specialist & Purple Heart recipient who, despite losing both his legs in an IED blast, is a true hero who’s an example of hope & perseverance every day. #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/R9KfaF4Hb1
— Citrix (@citrix) November 12, 2019