Pat Tillman Foundation

Pat Tillman Foundation


Inspired by the distinguished life and legacy of Pat Tillman - professional athlete, military hero and a man of strong character and kindness - the Pat Tillman Foundation seeks to create a community of scholars dedicated to improving their own lives, the lives of their families and their country by creating a spirit of service.


The Pat Tillman Foundation carries forward Pat's legacy of leadership and civic action by supporting future generations of leaders who embody the American tradition of citizen service. Through military or civilian service an entire generation of youth has the capacity to improve their communities and their country...both now and throughout their lives. The Pat Tillman Foundation provides them with the resources and support to make a difference.

The Foundation's mission is advanced through Leadership Through Action™ initiatives such as Tillman Military Scholars, Tillman Scholars - Arizona State University, and Tillman Social Action Fund.

Through these programs the Foundation provides students the tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders.


In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Pat proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than self-interest.

The Tillman family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004, following Pat's death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.

To honor Pat, the Foundation inspires others to create positive social change through its Leadership Through Action™ programs by providing scholarships and grants for veterans, active servicemembers, their families and college students across the country.

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