Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

WHAT: Nate Boyer, former Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret, will present a discussion about athletics, military service, social justice and the influence behind Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the national anthem.

WHO: Boyer is a former active-duty Green Beret, a philanthropist, community leader and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks. After joining the US Army in 2005, Boyer became a Green Beret in December 2006. He was stationed in Okinawa throughout most of 2007 with 1st Special Forces Group. In April 2008, he was deployed with ODA 0324 10th Special Forces Group to Iraq and served his tour of duty until January of 2009. He then served tours in Afghanistan from April to August 2013 (Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan) and from April to August 2014 (ODA 3116 3rd Special Forces Group). In addition to his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer completed a number of JCET (Joint Command Exchange Training) Missions to Israel (2009), Bulgaria (2011), and Greece (2012). A five-year player for the Texas Longhorns, Boyer served as the No. 1 long snapper on PAT/FGs his last three seasons and also handled punt-snapping duties during 2013-14. He played in 39 career games. In 2012 Boyer received the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football. In 2013 the National Football Foundation awarded him with the coveted Legacy Award.

Boyer’s non-profit, Merging Vets with Players (MVP) creates opportunities for veterans to work out with former NFL players and find common ground to discuss next steps in their lives.

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Saint Martin’s University Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 27 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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