Annual War Heroes on Water Charitable Sport Fishing Tournament Kicks Off 2022 Event with Boat Parade Through Newport Harbor!
War Heroes on Water (WHOW) returns for its fifth year with a transformative sport-fishing tournament off the coast of Southern California to help combat-wounded veterans recover from the physical and emotional wounds of war.
Open to the public, the event kicks off with an inspiring, patriotic and visually stunning community boat parade around the Balboa Basin in Newport Harbor. As anticipation and attendance for the parade has grown each year, organizers have created a new route increasing the number of easy-to-access public viewing areas ensuring as many spectators as possible can see the rousing event from the water and the shores.
The parade will feature 50 of the SoCal sport-fishing community’s top yachts. The public is invited to celebrate and cheer on our veterans sharing a deep appreciation for the sacrifices these brave men and women have made as members of the U.S. armed forces – as they embark on their 2022 WHOW journey.
Created by loanDepot Founder and Executive Chairman Anthony Hsieh, this year’s tournament takes place September 23-27 and is once again breaking records, with the number of participating veterans rising to125 with 50 sport-fishing yachts.
WHEN: September 24, 2022
- Boat Parade line up: 4:30pm PT
- Boat Parade begins: 5pm PT
- Singing of the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Orange County Sheriff’s Color Guard
WHERE: Newport Harbor
- A map of pedestrian viewing areas is available here
- Those interested in joining the Community Boat Parade fleet can register their boats here
WHY: WHOW provides combat-wounded veterans with a unique opportunity to forge new and -long-lasting relationships with other vets, as well as fleet captains and crews, through a one-of-a-kind on-water experience designed to help them recover from the physical and emotional wounds of the battlefield. WHOW shines a spotlight on the challenges veterans face when they return home after their tours and raises funds for the tournament’s 501c3 partner, Freedom Alliance, which supports the rehabilitation needs of wounded service members and their families.
About War Heroes on Water
War Heroes on Water (WHOW) is an annual sport-fishing tournament of unprecedented scale that supports combat-wounded veterans’ programs. It was created in 2018 by loanDepot Founder and Executive Chairman Anthony Hsieh, who is also the owner and leader of Team Bad Company, a world-class, record-holding competitive sport-fishing fleet. Through Hsieh’s deep connections with the Southern California sport-fishing and business communities, WHOW has grown exponentially and is now the largest non-profit sport-fishing tournament in the US.
About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $20 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes killed or disabled in military service and has spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families with outdoor recreational therapy trips, Heroes Vacations, care packages for deployed troops, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheelchairs and much more. To learn more, visit www.FreedomAlliance.org or Facebook.com/FreedomAlliance.
Additional information, including photos and videos from past tournaments, may be found at www.warheroesonwater.com | Instagram: @warheroesonwater | Facebook: www.facebook.com/WarHeroesonWater | YouTube: War Heroes on Water Fishing Tournament
Media Contact: Jonathan Fine, jfine@loanDepot.com, 781.248.3963