Game of Zones
Raytheon kicks off its sponsorship of U.S. Air Force Academy football
When the U.S. Air Force Academy football team gets within scoring range at Falcon Stadium, they'll be entering Raytheon’s red zone.
On Sept. 3, the Air Force Academy kicked off a partnership with Raytheon, which is sponsoring the red zone, the area inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, during home games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the second year in a row that the company has supported the Academy's athletic program.
Raytheon is a leader in defense technologies, with a long history of providing the U.S. Air Force with many of its sensors, command-and-control systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, space operations systems and cyber tools that airmen and women depend on.
"The Academy's cadets will be future leaders of the Air Force and our future customers; they're extensions of the very people we support in making the world a safer place," said David Ray, vice president of business development and strategy for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business.
The company is also a strong supporter of veterans and military families. Raytheon is establishing Centers of Innovation at Boys & Girls Clubs of America in military communities, including one in Colorado Springs near the Academy. For the second summer in a row, Raytheon sponsored the Summer of Discovery series at the Space Foundation Discovery Center also in Colorado Springs and assisted with field trips to the Center for schools in military communities.
Raytheon is also an important partner of the Student Veterans of America, which offers resources, support and advocacy to help veterans reach their higher-education and career goals.
Raytheon has had a presence in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years, and with five bases, 10 military commands and 40 percent of the region’s total economic activity stemming from the military, Colorado Springs is an ideal community to invest in, according to Ray. The Air Force Academy Falcons’ football team, which is a NCAA Division I team playing in the Mountain West Conference, brings together the local community and the military in a very unique way, he said.
The 1997 Air Force Academy graduate and former linebacker knows first-hand how Falcons football connects service members with citizens.
“It’s a very intimate and exciting atmosphere, from tailgating on the Front Range and cadets marching on to jet flyovers and the Wings of Blue parachutists,” Ray said. “There’s no place else like it — where the military and the community are so intertwined and so united toward a common goal.”
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