Marine Corps Marathon 2016 – The tribute continues!

October 22, 2016

It’s that time of the year again.  We are running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30th 2016.   We are not Marines, but we run for one!   We miss Captain Phil and run to pay tribute to his love for his family and service to our country.

This is a special year!  Captain Phil’s son, Austin, is a high school senior and will be graduating from the the same high school at his father.  It will be our honor to award Austin with one of this year’s Team Dykeman scholarships!

As we prepare for next week’s marathon, we want to thank you for you support!  Over the past several years, we have been able to present scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated a zest for life similar to Captain Phil.  We need to keep this drive alive!

We are not Marines but we run for one!

Semper Fidelis,

Andrew

 

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4,000 miles in memory of Captain Phil!

October 22, 2015

Good Morning on this brisk October morning.  We are 4 days from the Marine Corps Marathon.  We are going to run 26.2 miles in the honor and memory of Captain Philip J. Dykeman, USMC KIA.  I am very excited and have the pre-race jitters already.  The ones that have run in the past know what I am talking about.  This mission to run only has one outcome.  We are going to complete this mission.  I am grateful to have the continued ability to run in honor of my Cousin that I miss so much.  This is not something that I would have been able to do without a greater purpose.  Just think, this is my 10th Marathon.  That is 262 miles right there, but it is the Journey that has gotten us to this point.  Each Marathon has been 4 months of training( between 300 and 400 miles each).  I have run 4,000 miles in the memory of my Cousin Phil, Austin, Emilee, Ashlee and Ginger.  I am not sure how far Forest Gump ran, I think it was longer.  But when you run, it may be praying, it may just be thinking, but each morning I said “ Good Morning Cousin Phil”  EVERYTIME!  I also said hello to a few others also!  Unfortunately I have added Cousin Ann and Colonel Dan McGrath to my morning ritual.

Team Dykeman’s goal is to never forget.  Team Dykeman does this by giving scholarship’s in Captain Dykeman’s name.  We cannot forget this Marine that GAVE ALL!  He has a Family that needs to know that we have not forgotten.  Many of you have given in the past, some have even run the Marathon with me.  Please consider donating this year.  I promise to finish my 10th Marathon.  The decision to do 11 has not been made yet.  Please show your support and donate to the Team Dykeman Scholarship this year.  Let me know if you have any questions on how to Donate!

This Sunday is National Wear your Team Dykeman T-Shirt Day!  Please take a picture and send it to me! Or post it on Facebook and Tag me!  Any and All support gives us strength to continue our mission.

We are not Marines, but we run for one!

Always Faithful,

Cousin Andrew,


Andrew and Team Dykeman running in the 2012 Marine Corp Marathon

October 18, 2012

Thank you for your interest in Team Dykeman.  We will be running the Marine Corp Marathon October 28th 2012!  We have 10 runners, who have ran thousands of miles.

 My tremendous love and respect for my cousin has moved me to action – to help support his family and carry on his name.  I have established a scholarship – The Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarship through Paul V. Moore High School – Phil’s alma mater in Central Square, NY .   Phil’s three children will follow in his footsteps there and will benefit from this fund upon their graduation.  In addition to Phil’s children, each year, a recipient will be chosen from the high school to benefit from the scholarship.  My goal is to ensure that Captain Philip J. Dykeman’s name carries on forever.

 My letter to you today is to ask for your support, for your help, to honor this hero – this fallen Marine and to give back to his family.  Captain Phil made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us – now it is time to give back.  I have listed below the mailing address for Paul V. Moore High School .  Please help me make the first year of this scholarship an amazing one.  Please help me show Phil’s wife and children just how much the people of America care.  You can make donations by check to:

Paul V. Moore HS Endowment Fund

 

Please notate in the Memo: ‘Dykeman Scholarship’ to ensure it is allocated to the appropriate account.  Please fill out the donation form below and mail to:

 

Central Square School District

Att: Mrs. Lisa Fox, Treasurer

642 South Main Street

Central Square, NY  1303

If you’d like to learn more about Captain Philip J. Dykeman you can visit www.teamdykeman.com.  Here you will find information about:

  • Phil’s service in the Marines
  • Phil’s numerous awards and recognitions
  • Phil’s incredible experiences in Iraq
  • Phil’s emails to ‘Cousin Andrew’ during his time in Iraq
  • Photos
  • Comments / memories from Phil’s family and friends
  • More about ‘Team Dykeman’ and our purpose and goals

 On behalf of my cousin Phil, his family, and everyone who believes in supporting our troops, fallen soldiers and the families they leave behind – I thank you for your time; for your consideration and for your support.

 If you have any questions, you can email me at andrew_fsi@yahoo.com or call me at (919) 795-3971.

 One last note – I want to extend an invitation to all of you to come to the marathon on October 28th  in Washington DC– it will be an event to remember! 

 I am not a Marine, but I run for one.

 Always Faithful,

 Andrew J. Bateman, Raleigh , NC

Proud Cousin of Captain Philip J Dykeman, USMC


Raliegh Networking Social Benefits Team Dykeman

October 25, 2011

The Morning Show Chapter of BNI is hosting a networking social.  Don Stacey, owner of DS Parada Color Solon and member of the Morning Show, has graciously offered to host our event.  The event will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 pm at DS Parada.  Our plan is to ask for $10/pp at the door to cover drinks and appetizers.  Any profits will be going to support Team Dykeman–a foundation to honor and support our marine corps family (see below).    The Morning Show wishes to invite other local BNI chapters so that we will have an opportunity to meet and network with other BNI members in our area.   Please feel free to bring visitors as well!

TEAM DYKEMAN is an organization dedicated to not forgetting a Fallen Marine.  Captain Philip Dykeman, USMC, was killed in action June 28, 2008.  He has 3 children, son 12 years old, and twin girls age 9, and his wife Ginger.  We are dedicated to these kids, and that we are grateful for their Father’s ultimate sacrifice for our Freedoms!  TEAM DYKEMAN has 19 people from all over the country running in  The Marine Corp marathon is October 30th 2011, in Washington DC.  Half of the Team is from Raleigh .  Our goal is to raise money for a scholarship in Captain Philip Dykeman name! 

Please reach out to Andrew Bateman, Director of Team Dykeman. andrew.bateman@palnc.com


Putt-Putt Golf Charity Fundraiser Planned in Raleigh

March 9, 2011

On May 20, 2011, Archer Investment Management and Powell, Angeli & Langford Insurance are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Charity Putt-Putt Fundraiser. Last year the event drew over 100 people, for this fun family evening, and over $3000 was donated to charities in the Raleigh, NC area.

This year’s fundraiser will benefit TEAM DYKEMAN, a scholarship fund in honor of a fallen Marine; Tour de Cure, the American Diabetes Association’s cyclist ride; NC Beginnings, supports the parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing; and the Michael J. Gressman Brain Tumor Fund. Read the rest of this entry »


Team Dykeman at the Myrtle Beach 1/2 Marathon

February 21, 2011

Andrew Bateman
Hello Runners,

Julie, Rusty Sneeden, Angel Mercer, and Damon Yudichek all ran the Myrtle Beach !/2 Marathon on Saturday. We represented Team Dykeman very well. Damon was the first to cross the finish well under 2 hours. Way to go stud! Then myself, Julie and Rusty. Julie did awesome, she will be able to post even better times at the next race. I better watch out. My very special friend Angel Mercer wanted to run with us, she works out all the time but runs very little. Well, SHE DID IT. She completed the Half. This was her first. Awesome!

We had a small after party, where we ate Oysters and had Bloody Mary’s to Celebrate!

This Wednesday is the sign up day for the Marine Corp Marathon. I would recommend signing up on the first day. The race will fill up pretty quick. Please spread the word about Team Dykeman Runners. Recruit runners to join us.

Please don’t forget to Friend Team Dykeman on Facebook.

Send emails to the group on Wednesday day to let everyone know that you are signed up.

I am not a Marine, But i run for one!

Always Faithful!

Cousin Andrew Bateman


Paul and Jackie Handly to Host Festivities MCM Weekend

February 16, 2011

I’m in and psyched. I’m also arranging and hosting Team Dykeman festivities for MCM weekend.

First. We have a Team Dykeman room block at the key bridge Marriot for Fri,Sat, and Sunday. If you don’t know this hotel is right on the course in Rosslyn so runners and spectators will enjoy the convenience. Rooms are 159 per night. I’ll send the reservation link when I get it from the hotel.

I’m working the details of a pasta / high carb dinner the night before the race. Marriot wants to charge us 25+ per head to have it in the hotel. I’m sure the food will be good but the price is steep. Let me know if you know of corporate sponsors that want to sponsor the meal or other cool team Dykeman chachkies(sp?) And events.

Finally, for those that can make it after the race, we’re hosting a post race party just a few stops out the orange line from the race hotel.

That’s all for now.

Paul Handly


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