FORCE BLUE, the only non-profit organization in the world that retrains and redeploys former Special Operations veterans and military-trained combat divers to assist in marine conservation efforts, launched its latest mission, 100 Yards of Hope, February 2, 2020 at Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation, FORCE BLUE has created a transpartisan model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.
As part of Project Protect, our multi-year mission to help preserve and restore the marine resources and coastal habitats of Florida, FORCE BLUE special operations veterans and staff are teaming up with Keep Florida Beautiful in a campaign to remind Floridians that the natural beauty of Florida extends beyond the waterline.
The veterans of FORCE BLUE and the scientific partners with whom we work, often speak about the challenges facing these fragile ecosystems globally— how 75% of the planet’s coral reefs are now dead or in decline; how 500 million people currently rely on them for food, and how storms and rising sea levels could create 2 billion refugees by 2100 if these reefs are allowed to disappear.
Earlier this month, National Football League (NFL) Green, announced it will continue serving as a community partner in 100 Yards of Hope — a coral reef restoration mission, begun in 2019, that will extend through the 2020-21 NFL season and Super Bowl LV in Tampa.