With success comes more requests from random family members and friends you never knew existed. I can only imagine how many players on the San Francisco 49ers have received messages from random numbers over the past few days trying to get access to the Super Bowl. All season we’ve been talking about the bond and the brotherhood of this team. They’re genuine guys that look out for others, so it’s no surprise when you hear the legendary Patrick Willis is sending a fan to the big game.
George Kittle went a step further. With the Super Bowl ten days away, Kittle tweeted that he has awarded a trip to the Super Bowl to the family of a deceased military veteran. Kittle teamed up with USAA, Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), to award the family of a deceased military service member an experience of a lifetime – a trip to the Super Bowl (along with one guest). USAA will be coordinating a similar effort with other players around the league. Here is information on the family.
Martin “Mick” LaMar (deceased)
Sergeant Martin LaMar had always dreamed of serving in the military since he was a child. After graduating high school in 1986, LaMar enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the first Gulf War. Following his deployment, he returned to civilian life, where he worked as an electrician and an armored truck company. Still, his desire to continuing serving led him to reenlist in 2007 with the Army. While on his second tour and deployed in Mosul, Iraq, LaMar was shot and passed away on January 15January 15, 2011. Unfortunately, LaMar passed away on the same day as his wedding anniversary and the day he was supposed to return home (his deployment was extended). He is survived by his wife Josephine, and five children, including a young daughter that he didn’t have the opportunity to meet.
Josephine “Josie” LaMar
Josephine “Josie” LaMar is the widow of Sergeant Mick LaMar. Josie is a big 49ers fan, having learned to love the game from her late husband, who taught her about how the game of football is played. She will be rooting the 49ers in at Super Bowl 54 in Miami with her 16-year-old son Nicolas.
Nicolas LaMar is the only son of Sergeant Mick LaMar. Now a teenager, he was only seven years old when his father passed away. Nicolas will be joining his mom at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, where he will be rooting on his hometown team, the 49ers.
Doing the right thing
While George Kittle is scheduled to play in the Super Bowl, the LaMar’s will be on hand to cheer for him and the 49ers. The LaMar’s will be joined by other military members and their families at USAA’s Salute to Service Lounge during Super Bowl weekend (Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1) in Miami. Open only to current military, veterans, and their families, the lounge will feature NFL, players, coaches, personalities, and legends. Events like this are an example of how USAA uses its NFL partnership to authentically honor and appreciate our military.
“As I hit the field to play in the Super Bowl, I find comfort in the fact that 49ers fans Josie and Nicolas LaMar will be cheering our team on,” said George Kittle. “It’s a special privilege to be able to team up with USAA and TAPS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant LaMar’s family in recognition of his military service and paying the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.”
An incredible gesture by Kittle.