America is losing its “home field advantage” because we are so divided. To shrink that division there must be something to rally around. The founders of Home Field Advantage (HFA) believe that a commitment to Service – helping others to be better – can be that rallying point. Celebration of Service (COS), HFA’s signature event, came to be because of that belief.
The primary objectives of the Celebration of Service are:
- Inspire attendees to become better citizens by helping others to be better.
- Salute those protecting us – our Front Line Forces (Military & First Responders).
- Acknowledge those providing support.
Another key element of COS is the presentation of the Sijan Service Award. It is named for Captain Lance P. Sijan, the only Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor.
In 2019, Mr. Gary Sinise was the first Community Champion to receive the award.
Sijan Service Award Honorees
2017 – Jim Dolan (Founder of Heroes on the Water)
2017 – Harvey LeCato (National Sertoman of the Year)
2018 – Rodney Bullard (Author of Heroes Wanted)
2019 – Gary Sinise (Philanthropist and Actor)
2020 – Steve Atwater, Denver Broncos, Pro Football Hall of Fame
2022 – General (Ret) Mark Welsh
Celebration of Service Awards 2022
The Celebration of Service Awards were created to recognize organizations/individuals who have demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership and service in their community. The awards to be presented are in honor of LuAnn and Fisher DeBerry and Capt Lance Sijan.
DeBerry Award for Support of Youth: Mayor John Suthers and the City of Colorado Springs
DeBerry Award for Support of Front Line Forces: Mayor John Suthers and the City of Colorado Springs
The Sijan Service Award: General (Ret) Mark Welsh
Celebration of Service Awards Dinner
September 29, 2022 from 5:30- 9:00pm
Friday, September 30, 2022 from 8:30-11:30am
Perform Community Service – 1:00-4:00pm
Celebration of Service Social – 6:00-9:00pm
Air Force vs Navy at Falcon Stadium
Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10:00am – 1:30pm
Call 719-472-1895 for tickets
Postgame Rejoin at iFLY Colorado Springs from 4:00-9:00pm.
Located in Polaris Pointe.