US Naval Academy and 2011 Staples High School grad Sean Gallagher transitioned out of the Marine Corps in May, after 5 years as an infantry officer.
The Marines taught him how to handle adversity — and the importance of leaning on teammates in tough times.
These are tough times for small businesses, he says. All across the country, COVID means they need help.
Gallagher and his wife Emma are helping. To draw attention — and raise funds — he’ll run a marathon. It’s set for February 6, around Central Park’s outer loop (4+ full laps).
But that’s too easy for the former Staples soccer and track star. So he’ll do it wearing a 35-pound Marine Corps “ruck” (backpack).
“Rucks teach Marines how to handle adversity with grit and determination — the same qualities necessary for small businesses to survive,” Gallagher says.
He’s set up a GoFundMe page. All funds will go to small businesses through the Barstool Sports Fund. Click here to donate.
Now fill a backpack with 35 pounds of rocks (or anything else). Then imagine running a marathon with it strapped to your back.
You’ll probably donate a lot more.