Service members from all branches of the military who receive assistance from Semper Fi & America’s Fund may use recreational sports and competitive athletics as a tool in the recovery process through the Team Semper Fi Peter Murphy Sports Program.
Named in honor of the late Peter Michael Murphy, this program provides adaptive equipment; professional instruction and clinics; mentorship; coaching; and physical outlets through activities such as cycling, mountain biking, snow sports, water sports, triathlon, fishing, team sports, and more.
Murphy was a Semper Fi & America’s Fund Board Member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1984 to 2004 who passed away in 2013 due to complications associated with Parkinson’s syndrome. The civilian equivalent of a three-star general, Peter Murphy was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 1996 and 2004 and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Award in 1992 and 2000.
In 1997, the Secretary of Defense presented him with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest honor awarded by the Secretary to a career employee.
Team Semper Fi has representation at all levels, to include weekend sports enthusiasts, paralympians, and professional athletes. Team members participate around the country to build community, raise awareness, and inspire fellow service members on their own road to recovery.