BFBS Big Salute

Friday 16th December 2022

Today at 5pm UKT, US and UK military esports teams will be matched with top Call of Duty streamers in a fierce competition to bring home the trophy and bragging rights for the winning team’s military branch of service. 

Service personnel based overseas can watch on BFBS Sport 2, on the BFBS TV Player 5PM- 9PM UKT, and the contest will be available to everyone via the BFBS Twitch account. 

The winning team will secure the C.O.D.E. (Call of Duty Endowment) Bowl Trophy and 100 percent of the net proceeds from the tournament will go towards placing more veterans into high-quality jobs. 

Major Tim Harcourt, RIFLES and Head of Army Esports states; “The British Army Call of Duty team are really good. They’ve been putting in the training and posting their high scores to drive each other on. Some of those scores put the best pros to shame. Even the Royal Navy and RAF know it. You can see it in their eyes. The competition is extremely strong, but if we get a good team-up with a strong influencer then there’s nothing to stop us going all the way. The players have definitely got a cautious smile and a glint in the eye.” 

The Call of Duty Endowment which hosts this event, identifies and funds the most efficient and effective organisations that get unemployed and underemployed veterans back to work. Beyond funding, the Endowment partners with grantees to provide an array of advice and support aimed at maximising impact. 

Since the non-profit’s inception in 2009, the Endowment has risen to become one of the largest philanthropic funders of veteran employment. In total, the Endowment’s efforts have achieved an estimated $5.6 billion in economic value for US and UK veterans. In the UK, the Call of Duty Endowment currently works with The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded, to help former service members find employment.    

Nicky Ness, Director of Broadcasting & Entertainment BFBS, states; “At BFBS we work tirelessly to entertain and inform our armed forces, and to keep those serving overseas connected with family and friends around the world. So, we are thrilled to be able to bring this event to serving gaming fans and their families overseas via BFBS TV and via our BFBS Twitch account. The Call of Duty Endowment also supports two very worthwhile charities in the UK and we are pleased to be able to participate with this activity.” 

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