Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters


Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters. In June 2014, Convergint Technologies sent out a huge group of employees and family members to do a ton of stuff around the Defending The Blue Line® office and warehouse in Hastings, Minnesota. The employees put up a flag pole, painted, fixed used gear, cleaned, updated office technology, and a whole lot more. It was a great day and DTBL made a lot of new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Convergint Technologies for sending them out. Read more about the day here.

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Several of the employees brought their children along to help. The kids also had a great time making cards for DTBL and to send to the soldiers overseas. Check out more photos and cards on the DTBL website.

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Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Soldiers Run for Military Kids in The Great River Ragnar Relay


Soldiers Run for Military Kids in The Great River Ragnar Relay

A group of 6 local soldiers have teamed up to race in the Great River Ragnar Relay on August 15-16, 2014 to support Defending The Blue Line®.  You can donate in honor of these soldiers by going to: www.defendingtheblueline.org/Ragnar-Relay

Ragnar Relay soldiers running for military kids

Ragnar Relay Great River is the overnight running relay event of the summer. Runners will start on the bank of the Mississippi River in Winona, conquer the course under the stars and along rolling farmland, and finish back on the river in Downtown Minneapolis. This Ragnar has both challenging legs and beginner level legs for all of your teammates. It also has one of the best finish line parties and some of the friendliest volunteers!

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Photos from the Camo Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament


Photos from the Camo Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament. Check out all of the photos from the pro photographer and from the golf participants.

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Check out all of the great photos from the June 30, 2014 event hosted by Defending The Blue Line and Defending The Base Line. The tournament was held to benefit the children of military members so they are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The tournament was held at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake, Minnesota  and featured 36 foursomes, most of which were paired with a pro athlete.

Camo Classic golf event for Defending The Blue Line

This was not a traditional golf tournament, it was an extreme experience. Each hole featured various military inspired themes in addition to popular tourney contests. Tied in with the tournament was a nationwide online silent auction that includes many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR, and more.

From the start of the tournament to the dinner to the award ceremony, this was a great day for everyone but especially for Defending The Blue Line®.

 

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Upper Deck and Defending the Blue Line Partner to Give One Child an Incredible Experience at the 2014 NHL Draft™


Upper Deck and Defending the Blue Line® Partner to Give One Child an Incredible Experience at the 2014 NHL Draft™!

Read this incredible story by Chris Carlin about the military child selected to be a draft runner.

When someone talks about the sacrifices members of the United States military make, often they are just referring to that individual who is serving. What many people do not fully realize is that the real sacrifice is not just on the member risking life and limb when placed in harm’s way, but their entire family who has to work through having that loved one gone for long stretches and not being able to put their arms around them to get to share how much they love them. This is one of the reasons why charities like Defending the Blue Line are so great and why Upper Deck has made it a point to support them.

Sports are a great way for youngsters to stay healthy, but at the end of the day what they really provide is a distraction. One segment of the population that could use a distraction are kids whose parents are away serving on behalf of this nation. And that is what Defending the Blue Line really helps out with by making sure military children who want to play hockey can do so.

Each year Upper Deck gets the opportunity to make a young hockey fans dreams come true by working directly with a NHL® team at the Draft serving as a draft runner. Ultimately these kids end up having the time of their lives by feeling like a part of the team and meeting a variety of NHL icons. When that opportunity came up this year, Upper Deck decided to look to Defending the Blue Line and find a youngster from a military family to serve as our draft runner. And when Christian Placiente heard he would be Upper Deck’s draft runner for this year, he was ecstatic.

Raymond Placiente is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Marine Corp and said, “Once he heard the news, Christian started reading up on all the potential prospects and has been so excited about potentially meeting some of his favorite NHL players. Our family is so excited for him.”

Christian is a dedicated young hockey player. He has worked very hard to hang with the best in his age range and when he isn’t on the ice, he is practicing his skating and stick handling on inline skates. Christian has tried other sports, but hockey is really his passion.

As with most military families, frequent moves are just a part of life. Recently Lieutenant Colonel Placiente was transferred to the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. The nearest hockey program for Christian to take part in is an hour and a half away, but they make the drive twice a week just so he can play.

Upper Deck and Defending The Blue Line

This weekend, Christian will travel a little longer than an hour and a half, but it will be well worth it. Having the opportunity to not only attend the NHL Draft™, but to be on the actual draft floor and get a behind the scenes look at how it all works will be a memory that he will treasure for a lifetime. Who knows, if Christian continues to work hard, maybe he will get to go back to the NHL Draft™ one day, but next time as a player!

 

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Hering Chiropractic Gift of Health & Gift of Hockey


Hering Chiropractic Gift of Health & Gift of Hockey June and July 2014

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Dr. Eric Hering will be donating his new patient proceeds for the months of June and July to Defending The Blue Line®.  A collection box for new or gently used hockey equipment will also be located at Hering Chiropractic during this time.

Location:

Hering Chiropractic
969 Old Highway 8, Suite 100
New Brighton, MN  55112

For information and questions, contact Liz Johnson at 651-287-3035

Irondale and Mounds View Youth Hockey Associations in Minnesota are helping to promote the equipment drive.

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Pixie Liquors is Honoring Our Country’s Military Families and Veterans


Pixie Liquors is Honoring Our Country’s Military Families and Veterans during the week of June 30th- July 5th.

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Shop at Pixie Liquors June 30th through July 5th and help raise money for Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) an organization committed to ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey

You can help Defend the Blue Line in Two Ways:

  • Pixie Liquors will donate to DTBL $1 from the sale of every 6-pack of Veterans Beer www.veteranbeercompany.com, a veteran owned company created (by disabled Veterans) to change the momentum in Veteran unemployment by providing Veterans with meaningful opportunities for post-service careers

Come in to Pixie Liquors to place a bid on the memorabilia and pick up a 6 pack of Veteran beer while you are there. Proceeds will help military children with their dream of playing hockey by providing them with free gear, free hockey camps, association dues, and special events including NHL and college games.

Pixie Liquors
1512 Brookdale Dr.
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Watch Pixie Liquors Facebook or Twitter page for more details.

 

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Sports Memorabilia Auction for Defending The Blue Line® will end Friday, June 27, 2014


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Sports memorabilia auction for Defending The Blue Line® will end Friday, June 27, 2014 at noon (CST).  Auction items have come in from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR and more. 

Place your bid now on one of the following items from your favorite sports player or team:

 

Baseball Memorabilia:

California

Oakland Athletics Yoenis Cespedes Signed Batting Gloves

San Diego Padres Will Venable Signed Baseball

San Francisco Giants Sergio Romo Signed Baseball

 

Illinois

Darmin Barney Signed Chicago Cubs Jersey

 

Maryland

Baltimore Orioles Matt Wieters Signed Baseball

 

Minnesota

Minnesota Twins Luxury Suite for 16

 

Ohio

Carlos Santana Signed Cleveland Indians Mini Helmet

 

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels Signed Baseball

Pittsburgh Pirates Gabby Sanchez Signed Baseball & Photo

 

Washington DC

Ross Detwiler Signed Washington Nationals & Team USA Hats Plus Signed Baseball

 

Basketball Memorabilia:

California

Los Angeles Clippers Team Signed Hat

 

Indiana

Indiana Pacers George Hill Signed Jersey

 

Football Memorabilia:

California

Chargers 50th Anniversary Football Limited Edition #328 of 600

 

Illinois

Chicago Bears Brandon Marshall Signed Canvas Photo

 

Indiana

Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano NFL Signed Football

 

Massachusetts

New England Patriots Team Signed NFL Football

 

New York

New York Giants Eli Manning Signed Jersey

 

Washington

Washington Redskins Pierre Garcon Signed Football Gloves

Washington Redskins DeAngelo Hall Signed NFL Football

 

Other Baseball Items

Super Bowl XLVIII NFL Gift Pack – Cap, Hat, Bag, Bottle, Notebook

 

 

Hockey Memorabilia:

 

Arizona

Radim Vrbata Signed Phoenix Coyotes Jersey

 

Canada

Matt Hendricks Signed Hat

 Matt Hendricks Edmonton Oilers Signed Jersey

Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner Signed Mini Helmet

Daniel Sedin Signed Vancouver Canucks Jersey

 

California

Anaheim Ducks Nick Bonino Signed Jersey

Anaheim Ducks Team Signed Hockey Stick

Anaheim Ducks Team Signed Black Hockey Stick

Anaheim Ducks Teemu Selanne Signed Jersey

Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty Signed NHL Puck

Los Angeles Kings Martinez Signed 8×10 Photo & #23 Brown Signed Mini Stick

San Jose Sharks Brent Burns Signed Jersey

San Jose Sharks Logan Couture Signed NHL Puck

Colorado

Colorado Avalanche Team Signed Hockey Stick

 

Florida

Florida Panthers Nick Bjugstad Signed Jersey

 

Illinois

Patrick Kane Signed Chicago Blackhawks Jersey

Chicago Blackhawks Nick Leddy Signed Hockey Stick

4 Chicago Wolves Game Tickets & Signed Hat

Rockford IceHogs Team Signed Jersey

 

Iowa

Iowa Wild John Curry Signed Jersey

 

 

Massachusetts

AHL Springfield Falcons Team Signed Jersey

Boston Bruins Team Signed Jersey

 

Michigan

Detroit Red Wings Team Signed Jersey

 

Minnesota

Charlie Coyle Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

Niklas Bäckström Signed NHL Cap

Ryan Suter Signed Minnesota Wild Jersey

Ryan Suter Signed Minnesota Wild Camo Jersey

St. Cloud State University Men’s Hockey Team Signed Jersey

University of Minnesota Mens Gopher Hockey Team Signed Camo Jersey

Zach Parise Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

 

New Hampshire

Manchester Monarchs Team Signed T-Shirt

 

New Jersey

Martin Brodeur Signed New Jersey Devils Hockey Stick

Zach Parise New Jersey Devils Signed Hockey Stick

 

New York

New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh Signed Hockey Stick

New York Islanders Team Signed Jersey

Rochester Americans Team Signed Jersey

Zemgus Girgensons Signed Buffalo Sabres Jersey

 

North Carolina

Carolina Hurricanes Team Signed Jersey

 

Ohio

Columbus Blue Jackets James Wisniewski Signed NHL Cap

Sergei Bobrovsky Signed Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

 

Pennsylvania

Hershey Bears Team Signed Jersey

Matt Read Signed Philadelphia Flyers Jersey

Paul Martin Signed Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey

 

Tennessee

Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne Signed Jersey

 

Texas

Alex Goligoski Dallas Stars Autographed Jersey

 

 

Other Hockey Items

Hockey Night In Canada 60th Anniversary Jersey

Jerome Samson Signed Jersey

NHL Stadium Series #1 – Sweatshirts, Caps, Hats, and Pucks

NHL Stadium Series #2 – Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Cap, Hats, Scarf, and Puck

NHL Stadium Series #3 – Sweatshirts, Cap, Hats, Gloves, T-Shirt, and Puck

Olympic Team USA Hockey Signed Poster

Terrence Fogarty Artwork – Believe #6 of 400

 

 

NASCAR Memorabilia:

Chicago

NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend Package At Chicagoland Speedway

 

Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #1 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Indy Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #2 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #3 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #4 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

 

Milwaukee

4 – 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest Tickets & Pit Passes

 

Phoenix

Phoenix International Limited Edition Cap & Diecast Racecars

 

 

Other NASCAR Items

NASCAR Race Car Driver Rusty Wallace Signed Book

Jimmie Johnson Team Lowes & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team National Guard Signed Hats

 

 

Other Items

Michelob Golden Light Wakeboard

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Sports Memorabilia Auction To Help Military Kids Play Sports


Sports Memorabilia Auction To Help Military Kids Play Sports!

Bid on the following signed auction items that include many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, and NASCAR.  The online auction is going on now and ends at noon central time on Friday, June 27, 2014.  Click on a link below to bid on one of the auction items from your favorite sports player or team:

Sports memorabilia auction to benefit military kids

 

Baseball Memorabilia:

Baltimore

Baltimore Orioles #32 Matt Wieters Signed Baseball

 

Chicago

#15 Darmin Barney Signed Chicago Cubs Jersey

 

Cleveland

#41 Carlos Santana Signed Cleveland Indians Mini Helmet

 

Oakland

Oakland Athletics #52 Yoenis Cespedes Signed Batting Gloves

 

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies #35 Cole Hamels Signed Baseball

 

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates #17 Gabby Sanchez Signed Baseball & Photo

 

San Diego

San Diego Padres # 25 Will Venable Signed Baseball

 

San Francisco

San Francisco Giants #54 Sergio Romo Signed Baseball

 

Washington

Ross Detwiler Signed Washington Nationals & Team USA Hats Plus Signed Baseball

 

 

Basketball Memorabilia:

Los Angeles

2013-2014 Los Angeles Clippers Team Signed Hat

 

 

Football Memorabilia:

Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII NFL Gift Pack – Cap, Hat, Bag, Bottle, Notebook

 

Chicago

Chicago Bears #15 Brandon Marshall Signed Canvas Photo

 

Indianapolis

Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano NFL Signed Football

 

New England

New England Patriots Team Signed NFL Football

 

New York

New York Giants #10 Eli Manning Signed Jersey

 

San Diego

Chargers 50th Anniversary Football Limited Edition #328 of 600

 

Washington

Washington Redskins #88 Pierre Garcon Signed Football Gloves

Washington Redskins #23 DeAngelo Hall Signed NFL Football

 

 

Hockey Memorabilia:

Anaheim

Anaheim Ducks Team Signed Hockey Stick

Anaheim Ducks #8 Teemu Selanne Signed Jersey

 

Boston

2013-2014 Boston Bruins Team Signed Jersey

 

Buffalo

#28 Zemgus Girgensons Signed Buffalo Sabres Jersey

 

Chicago

#88 Patrick Kane Signed Chicago Blackhawks Jersey

Chicago Blackhawks #8 Nick Leddy Signed Hockey Stick

4 Chicago Wolves Game Tickets & Signed Hat

 

Colorado

Colorado Avalanche Team Signed Hockey Stick

 

Columbus

#72 Sergei Bobrovsky Signed Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets James Wisniewski Signed NHL Cap

 

Dallas

#33 Alex Goligoski Dallas Stars Autographed Jersey

 

Detroit

2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings Team Signed Jersey

 

Edmonton

Hendys Heroes Matt Hendricks Signed Hat

#23 Matt Hendricks Edmonton Oilers Signed Jersey

 

Florida

Florida Panthers #27 Nick Bjugstad Signed Jersey

 

Hershey

Hershey Bears Team Signed Jersey

 

Iowa

Iowa Wild #33 John Curry Signed Jersey

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Kings #27 Martinez Signed 8×10 Photo & #23 Brown Signed Mini Stick

Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty Signed NHL Puck

 

Manchester

Manchester Monarchs Team Signed T-Shirt

 

Minnesota

#3 Charlie Coyle Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

#9 Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

Niklas Bäckström Signed NHL Cap

#20 Ryan Suter Signed Minnesota Wild Jersey

#20 Ryan Suter Signed Minnesota Wild Camo Jersey

St. Cloud State University Men’s Hockey Team Signed Jersey

University of Minnesota Mens Gopher Hockey Team Signed Camo Jersey

#11 Zach Parise Minnesota Wild Signed Camo Jersey

Iowa Wild #33 John Curry Signed Jersey

 

Nashville

Nashville Predators #35 Pekka Rinne Signed Jersey

 

New Jersey Devils

#9 Zach Parise New Jersey Devils Signed Hockey Stick

#30 Martin Brodeur Signed New Jersey Devils Hockey Stick

 

New York

New York Rangers #27 Ryan McDonagh Signed Hockey Stick

New York Islanders Team Signed Jersey

 

North Carolina

2013-2014 Carolina Hurricanes Team Signed Jersey

 

Philadelphia

#24 Matt Read Signed Philadelphia Flyers Jersey

 

Phoenix

#17 Radim Vrbata Signed Phoenix Coyotes Jersey

 

Pittsburgh

#7 Paul Martin Signed Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey

 

Rochester Americans

Rochester Americans Team Signed Jersey

 

Rockford IceHogs

Rockford IceHogs Team Signed Jersey

 

San Jose

San Jose Sharks #88 Brent Burns Signed Jersey

San Jose Sharks Logan Couture Signed NHL Puck

 

Springfield Falcons

2013-2014 AHL Springfield Falcons Team Signed Jersey

 

Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner Signed Mini Helmet

 

Vancouver

#22 Daniel Sedin Signed Vancouver Canucks Jersey

 

Other Hockey Items

Hockey Night In Canada 60th Anniversary Jersey

Jerome Samson Signed Jersey

NHL Stadium Series #1 – Sweatshirts, Caps, Hats, and Pucks

NHL Stadium Series #2 – Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Cap, Hats, Scarf, and Puck

NHL Stadium Series #3 – Sweatshirts, Cap, Hats, Gloves, T-Shirt, and Puck

Olympic Team USA Hockey Signed Poster

Terrence Fogarty Artwork – Believe #6 of 400

 

 

Nascar Memorabilia:

Chicago

NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend Package At Chicagoland Speedway

 

Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #1 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Indy Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #2 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #3 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pack #4 – Shirt, Cap, Diecast Cars

 

Milwaukee

4 – 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest Tickets & Pit Passes

 

Phoenix

Phoenix International Limited Edition Cap & Diecast Racecars

 

Other NASCAR Items

NASCAR Race Car Driver Rusty Wallace Signed Book

Jimmie Johnson Team Lowes & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team National Guard Signed Hats

 

 

 

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Major League Baseball Autographed Memorabilia Up for Auction at DTBL


Major League Baseball Autographed Memorabilia Up for Auction at DTBL 

Tied in with the 2014 Celebrity Camo Classic Golf Tournament,  items donated from  NHL, MLB, NFL, AHL, NBA, Nascar, and other entities are up for auction on the Defending The Blue Line® website. The online auction ends on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:00pm.  Nearly 80 items are up for bid now with more coming in every day. Bid now.

San Diego Padres # 25 Will Venable Signed Baseball

#41 Carlos Santana Signed Cleveland Indians Mini Helmet

Pittsburgh Pirates #17 Gabby Sanchez Signed Baseball & Photo

Oakland Athletics #52 Yoenis Cespedes Signed Batting Gloves

#15 Darmin Barney Signed Chicago Cubs Jersey

San Francisco Giants #54 Sergio Romo Signed Baseball

Ross Detwiler Signed Washington Nationals & Team USA Hats Plus Signed Baseball

Baltimore Orioles #32 Matt Wieters Signed Baseball

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The Camo Classic Golf Event Auction is powered by  Cameco. Proceeds from the Camo Classic golf event and auction will help military kids with their dreams of playing hockey and baseball.

This is not a traditional golf tournament, it is an extreme experience. Each hole will feature various military inspired themes in addition to popular tourney contests. Tied in with the tournament is a nationwide online silent auction that includes many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR, and more.

 

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Team Signed Jersey’s Up For Auction – Hurricanes, Red Wings, Bruins, Islanders


Team Signed Jersey’s Up For Auction – Hurricanes, Red Wings, Bruins, Islanders. In conjunction with the 2014 Celebrity Camo Classic Golf Tournament,  items donated from  NHL, MLB, NFL, AHL, NBA, Nascar, and other entities are up for auction on the Defending The Blue Line® website. The online auction ends on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:00pm. Over 60 items are up for bid now with more coming in every day. Bid now.

Defending The Blue Line Auction for military kids to play hockey

The Camo Classic Golf Event Auction is powered by  Cameco. Proceeds from the Camo Classic golf event and auction will help military kids with their dreams of playing hockey and baseball.

This is not a traditional golf tournament, it is an extreme experience. Each hole will feature various military inspired themes in addition to popular tourney contests. Tied in with the tournament is a nationwide online silent auction that includes many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR, and more.

“We’ve got some really cool ideas up our sleeve,” said Shane Hudella, Defending the Blue Line President. “This tournament will embrace everything that Defending The Blue/Base Line is and will be like no other golf tournament you’ve ever seen.”    To register for the event please visit:  www.defendingtheblueline.org/CamoClassic

Defending The Blue Line® is excited for this opportunity to further help military families and celebrate the service of our heroes. Keeping the kids of military families focused and active in sports is a great way to help keep their minds off of the stress associated with a parent serving our nation.

 

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