While most of America will be watching the Super Bowl in their living rooms, with friends or at a local watering hole on Sunday, Hilo’s BJ Penn will be attending a party thrown by the NFL for Washington D.C.-area servicemembers and wounded warriors at the USO Metropolitan Washington.
“I’m truly honored and overwhelmed to be invited to be a part of this great event honoring our wounded warriors. These warriors fight for our freedom, and I have always taken the time to thank them for serving our country,” Penn, a two-time UFC champion, said in a written statement.
While in Washington, Penn will be visit physical therapy patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, do a meet and greet with military at Fort Meade USO Center and tour the Pentagon and the White House.
Penn will also be the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Adm. James Winnifield Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s second highest ranking military officer.Over the years, Penn has taken the time out of his busy schedule to visit our soldiers and thank them for serving our country. He visited Hickam AFB, Kaneohe Marine Corps, Schofield Barracks, Naval Base in Hawaii, Camp Pendleton, Marines at Miramar, Naval Base in Coronado and flew with the Air Force’s elite Thunderbirds at Nellis AFB. He did a meet and greet with over 200 wounded warriors in Hawaii. He also visited Kuwait and Afghanistan doing a meet and greet for the UFC. He visited the Navy Seal Team in Norfolk, VA, and the U.S. Army Special Forces Group.