Named a Top-Rated Nonprofit for the last three years by GreatNonprofits, Bunkers in Baghdad has reached a new milestone: sending its 400,00th golf club to soldiers overseas. Founder Joseph M. Hanna announced the news on the heels of receiving a grant from the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. In just the seven years since its founding, Bunkers now reaches soldiers in 33 countries around the world and wounded warriors in all 50 states. The organization was launched with the simple idea of bringing recreation and a slice of home to our brave soldiers serving in active combat areas.
Joe started Bunkers in Baghdad after learning that golf had become a favorite form of stress relief for soldiers serving in overseas combat zones. Earlier this year, the group announced that it shipped its six millionth golf ball since its launch.
“I’m gratified by the continued commitment of our supporters,” said Joe. “We must never forget the thousands of soldiers who are still stationed overseas as well as our wounded veterans here at home. They serve so bravely and deserve our ongoing thanks and support.”
A number of sports franchises, charitable organizations, and businesses — including two of the biggest names in golf, Callaway Golf and Arnold Palmer Enterprises — have provided major support over the years. Thousands of volunteers help by collecting equipment and raising money to pay for shipping overseas and around the country. Through its Bunkers Buddies program, the organization partners with more than 250 schools – elementary schools, colleges and universities — in 47 states, where students either collect equipment and send it to the organization or write letters and draw pictures for our military heroes that are included in the shipments being sent overseas.