Now in his second stint with the Chicago Fire, goalkeeper Jon Busch continues to make big saves, on and off the field.
Since 2011, the seasoned veteran of Major League Soccer and the 2008 MLS Goalie of the Year has spearheaded the Saves for SEALs program, which aims to support the families of fallen U.S. Navy SEALs via the Navy SEAL Foundation. After tremendous success for the program during his final three seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, Busch is again championing a cause near and dear to his heart in 2015.
As Busch explains in the video above, the native New Yorker was among those to lose a family member in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As the 10th anniversary of the attacks approached in 2011, Busch was moved to honor the families of fallen warriors in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation. From there, the Saves for SEALs program was launched.
“I’ve been fortunate to be a professional soccer player for 19 years because of these kinds of guys,” said Busch, whose next MLS regular-season match will be the 300th of his stellar career. "These gentlemen are willing to put their life on the line and ultimately sacrifice their life for the well-being of us as Americans. Once the husbands and the fathers are gone, the kids and the wives are left. It’s our responsibility to take care these wives and children.”
Fans wishing to support the Saves for SEALs initiative in 2015 are encouraged to participate in the Chicago Fire Foundation’s matchday auction on June 6 vs. Orlando City SC. The auction will feature commemorative cleats and goalkeeper gloves as well as Busch’s game-worn jersey.
Additionally, fans can support Saves for SEALs and its mission by giving directly to the program’s newly launched donation page or by visiting NavySEALFoundation.org.