Back in July, we told you about Jon Busch's Saves for Seals program in which the San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper, with each save made, pledged to collect money to help the families of Navy SEALs who perished in the line of duty.
For each save that he made during the 2014 season, Busch donated $50 to the fund himself, plus a matching donation from the Earthquakes Community Fund. Additional money was also raised through auctions of commemorative game-worn gear and a special ticket package from the club’s match at Stanford Stadium on June 28.
Thanks in part to a career-high 137 saves and increased contributions from the community, Busch's final donation for the 2014 season stands at $29,000, nearly 20 percent above his initial goal of $25,000.
The money that Busch and the Earthquakes donated ends up with the Navy SEAL Foundation, a group whose mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind all U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) support personnel, and their spouses and children. The Foundation coordinates closely with NSW commands to support critical needs of active-duty operators while also providing resources for NSW veterans. Their work is focused on three key areas: family support services, educational programs, and legacy activities.