Help a Hero: Sport Clips Raises Scholarship Money for Veterans
Jan 04, 2016 02:16PM
● By Bryan Scott
Draper - Veterans aren’t always able to get the support and help they need after they return from active duty. Sport Clips aspires to contribute to the solution by raising money for them every year around Veterans Day. Every Sport Clips in the United States and Canada participates.
“Every veteran receives a free haircut on Veterans Day. All they have to do is show their military ID,” Nancy Vandiver said. Nancy is co-owner with her husband Jim of two franchises in the valley, one in Holladay and one in Draper. Her own family has offered military service, from children, to brothers and grandfathers, so her motivation to give back to veterans comes from her own personal life.
During the yearly event, each store hosts their own fundraisers from car washes to bake sales, with all the proceeds going to help fund veteran scholarships. Then, on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Sport Clips donates $1 for every haircut they give. The Draper location alone raised over $1500 in 2015.
Sport Clips maintains a close relationship with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and “beginning in 2013, with troops returning from overseas, Sport Clips partnered with the VFW to establish the VFW’s ‘Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship’ program. To date, Sport Clips has been able to give more than $1.2 million in scholarships,” Vandiver said.