Published July 27, 2022 by Bowdoin News

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans, Wife of Robert Evans ’76, Receives Pat Tillman Award

Author, athlete, and retired US Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans was honored with the 2022 Pat Tillman Award for Service, given to an individual with a strong connection to sports and who has served others in a way that echoes the legacy of the former NFL player and US Army Ranger.
Gretchen Evans
Retired US Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans

A highly decorated veteran, Evans suffered a life-altering injury while serving in the Army and subsequently founded Team Unbroken, an adaptive racing team of mostly veterans who have experienced life-altering injuries, illness, or traumas and applied to compete in World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.

Evans is married to Captain Robert D. Evans, Chaplain, US Navy (retired), a member of the Class of 1976.

Watch Gretchen Evans tell her inspiring story of gratitude and perseverance (where you can catch a glimpse of campus as the video crew captured Evans during her morning run through Brunswick) and view her powerful acceptance speech, both of which were part of the 2022 ESPYs award show broadcast July 20. Both videos are below.

ESPY Awards, currently presented by ABC and previously ESPN, recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.

Read more about Gretchen Evans in the Portland Press Herald article, “Second Chance at Life Impels Brunswick Veteran to ‘Be Better,’ Serve Others.”