100 Yards of Hope: A Mission to Restore the Ocean and Revitalize Human Purpose

New England Aquarium welcomes FORCE BLUE for free event: Thursday, June 13

FORCE BLUE divers Photo courtesy of FORCE BLUE

WHAT: What happens when former combat veterans, marine scientists, and conservationists join in a shared mission to preserve and restore our ocean? In 2019, the National Football League and its Miami Super Bowl Host Committee formed a unique partnership with the nonprofit FORCE BLUE to address two seemingly unrelated problems—the rapidly declining health of ocean resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have adjusting to civilian life.

Join us for a special screening of 100 Yards of Hope, a documentary film showcasing FORCE BLUE’s work to restore Florida’s coral reefs. Learn how an elite team of special operations veterans united with University of Miami marine scientists and conservationists to create a model for caring, cooperation, and positive change that is transforming lives and restoring our planet.

Following the screening, a panel discussion moderated by Jack Groh, Director of NFL Green and Founding Partner of Legacy Sustainability, will feature:

  • Lad Akins, Curator of Marine Conservation and Boat Captain, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Steve Gonzalez, Special Projects and Events Director, FORCE BLUE, and Master Chief Navy SEAL (Retired)
  • Susan Groh, Associate Director, NFL Green, and Founding Partner, Legacy Sustainability

Free of charge and open to the public, this screening is presented in partnership with the Lowell Institute, NFL Green, and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.

WHEN: Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston.

HOW: The public can register for this free event here.


MEDIA CONTACT: Pam Bechtold Snyder,; 617-686-5068