Phil Martelli, Emcee
Phil Martelli is entering his 20th season as St Joseph’s University head basketball coach. Mr. Martelli has built a program that is consistently one of the top in the conference, a perennial post-season participant and a key player on the national scene, while earning his place among the top coaches in the school’s history. Phil Martelli was the 2004 consensus national coach of the year, a four-time Atlantic 10 coach of the year and the head coach of the 2005 USA basketball under 21 World Championship Team. In 2013, he served as the President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Sergeant Robert Gordon served five years in the United States Army Airborne Rangers, receiving numerous honors and citations. After graduating from high school in 1999, Robert Gordon joined the Army with the desire to do worthy, honorable work, and ultimately to become an Airborne Ranger. During basic training, he matched a 50-year marksmanship record of 40 out of 40 targets. He had just completed Ranger training when the nation was shocked by the events of September 11, 2001, and Ranger battalions were propelled into war.
Sergeant Gordon completed three tours overseas, two in Afghanistan and one during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. During his service as a Ranger, Sergeant Gordon received two Army achievement medals and multiple unit citation awards. He had the honor of wearing the Ranger Combat Scroll and the distinction of serving with the highly regarded 7th Ranger Regiment.
After serving five years and completing three tours as an Airborne Ranger, Sergeant Gordon made the decision to find another career that would be just as honorable and fulfilling as his service in the Army, while allowing him to spend time with his young daughter at home. He decided to become a firefighter, continuing to risk his own safety to protect others.
Sergeant Gordon has served his community as a civilian firefighter at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, for nearly ten years. A loving father to three beautiful children, 11-year-old Jazmine, 7-year-old Xavier, and 19-month-old McKenna, Sergeant Gordon coaches his son’s football team and plays on his local fire department’s recreational teams.
90% of all funds received go directly to wounded soldiers and their families.