Bob Costas, the Emmy-winning American sportscaster, received a Bennett recognition award from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) as the 2014 recipient of WWP’s Tony Snow Award. The Tony Snow Award is designed to recognize a citizen in corporate America, the media, and/or the public eye who by their actions has made a significant difference in the lives of injured servicemen and women – and who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Wounded Warrior Project and its mission.
Bob Costas is the winner of twenty-five Emmy Awards - more than any sports broadcaster. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy’s in news, sports, and entertainment. Currently, Bob hosts “Football Night in America” on NBC, and continues to be the prime-time host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, while also contributing to NBC News programs such as “Nightly News”, and the “Today Show.” With the advent of the new NBC Sports Network, Bob’s program “Costas Tonight” reprises the issue oriented town hall format that was such a successful part of his run at HBO.
Bob Costas was first introduced to WWP after a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRAMC). While his initial response was to thank the warriors for their service and sacrifice, he was deeply moved by their stories and became a strong advocate for the mission at WWP, to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. In 2008, Costas hosted his first Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner as part of his efforts to give back to WWP, and has continuously been apart of the events years after, hosting in 2009, 2010, and 2012.
For this year’s Tony Snow Award, the WWP selected the unique Bennett recognition trophy "Heart of Gold”. This is the seventh straight year the WWP has used this achievement award for their Tony Snow Awards. Past recipients of this prestigious recognition award include Bob Vecchione, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Kingsley, Gary Chartrand, Michael J. Ward, and Martin Franklin.
Costas received his Tony Snow Award at the WWP Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner, held May 29, 2014 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. In addition to a recognition trophies presentation, this celebratory event included a silent auction that raised funds for the WWP’s programs and services.
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.