Randy Gradishar’s love of football is matched by his passion and support for our nation’s military, veterans and their families. His commitment to our community stems from his father, who fought in the South Pacific during World War II. Proud of that service, Randy has dedicated his time to Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, a nonprofit founded by Phil Long Dealerships’ President and CEO Jay Cimino. Randy has served as Mt. Carmel’s Champion Ambassador since 2014. He has also gone to the Middle East through several USO Goodwill Tours to visit our servicemen and women deployed there. Randy is a tireless supporter of veteran events and loves meeting veterans of every era – all to honor his father and our military members’ service to our nation.
Gradishar has gone on several USO Goodwill Tours to visit military servicemen and women stationed in the Middle East and continues to support the veteran community in his role as corporate ambassador for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, a nonprofit founded by Phil Long Dealerships’ President and CEO Jay Cimino. Gradishar’s dedication to veterans stems from his father, who fought in the South Pacific during WWII.
United States Armed Services Support & Outreach
Fort Carson “Welcome Home Troops” ceremonies
Operation Home Support
(Of note, Gen. David H. Petraeus was keynote speaker in 2009; Col. Oliver North (Ret.) was keynote speaker in 2010)
United States Air Force Academy Civilian Wing, Colorado Springs, CO; guest speaker
2004, 2005, 2007
Middle East Goodwill Tours; Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia
Denver National Day of Prayer, Co-Chair/Speaker
United States Defense Space Program Birthday Ball, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs
Lockheed Martin Military Support, Denver; guest speaker
“A Soldier’s Promise – A True Story” authored by Army First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex. Gradishar was involved with the care of Steve-O…the book’s 14-year-old hero.
Fort Carson Wounded Warrior Soldiers Program
Fargo, ND, Veterans Administration Medical Center
The Denver Salvation Army’s Capital Fundraiser Campaign, Co-Chair
(Of note, Dallas Cowboys Owner Mr. Jerry Jones was the keynote speaker.)
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Post-NFL Career Highlights
Phil Long Community Fund, President
The mission of the PLCF is to sponsor activities and resources that champion the self-esteem and performance of youth in their pursuit of excellence in education, sports and recreation.
Since its inception, the Phil Long Community Fund has granted over $2 Million Dollars to youth organizations across the Front Range. With support of Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos Charities, the first fantasy playground was built in 1996, and a total of 15 playgrounds were created across the state of Colorado.
NFL Players Special Advisory Council
Per NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s request, Randy joined the Players Special Advisory Council, which consisted of former NFL players who advised the Commissioner on various issues pertaining to current and former players.
Promise Keepers Staff Leader under former CU Coach Bill McCartney
Broncos Denver Youth Foundation, President
Randy was the founding president of the Denver Broncos Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to serve young people in the Denver Metro Area and Colorado, including the Governor’s Council and the Mayor’s Youth Initiative. Randy’s leadership with DBYF earned him a well deserved reputation in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region as an oustanding role model and advocate for young people.
Phil Long Dealerships Champion Ambassador
Randy is the champion ambassador for the #1 privately-held Auto Group in Colorado, with over 1,300 employees. Randy’s role aligns Phil Long’s corporate vision by creating partnerships and opportunities that better communities across Colorado’s Front Range.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center Champion Ambassador
Randy serves as champion ambassador for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center which is headquartered in Colorado Springs and has satellite offices in Pueblo, Fountain and Trinidad, Colorado. In his role, he actively supports our veteran and military community, attending PTSD groups, events and directly touching the lives of individuals who have sacrificed for our country.
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