NCOA is the Official Military Fraternal Association Partner for Snowball Express
Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea – to provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.
“Snowflake” events are events where our NCOA Chapters work with local concerts, sporting events, fairs, circuses or any other fun gathering occurring in their immediate area to provide a unique opportunity for the Snowball Express Children.
NCOA “Snowflake” events have included:
NCOA Birthplace Chapter in San Antonio, TX hosted a winter concert complete with Santa Claus and presents for all the Snowball Children. The chapter worked with local sponsors to make the event a huge success.
NCOA Mountain Post Auxiliary Chapter, Colorado Springs, CO worked with Greyhound Corporation to host children to attend the Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Game in Colorado Springs. Greyhound provided the tickets to the game and Mountain Post coordinated parking, food vouchers and made sure each child received a souvenir of their choice to remember the night!
Birthplace Chapter, with the support of local businesses hosted 40 Snowball family members to the San Antonio Rampage hockey game and provided everyone with a souvenir t-shirt.
Other NCOA Chapters currently have events in the planning stages.
Past “Snowflake” events include:
- Miami Dolphins Game
- Phoenix Suns-sponsored basketball camp for Snowball Express Children
- LA Kings-hosted Christmas skate-around
- Bowling with the Arizona Cardinals
- Major/Minor League baseball games
- And much more.
NCOA HQ has established official guidelines and procedures for NCOA Chapters to follow if they choose to conduct Snowflake events. Please click here to view.
According to Davis, “NCOA is proud to be the Official Fraternal Arm for Snowball Express and to support a charity where 95 percent of all donations go directly to helping the Children. This is a perfect fit for NCOA and our local Chapters and members. I encourage every facet of the NCOA family to join our efforts in support of Snowball Express!”
NCOA’s Headquarters, Chapters and Members will also be helping Snowball Express by raising funds to support the annual Snowball Express National Event held in early December each year. The annual Snowball Express is a four-day, all-expense paid holiday event, bringing children together for a time of healing and being with other children like themselves. Children and their surviving parent come from around the world to Dallas/Fort Worth for four days of a lifetime that helps show these children that they are not forgotten!
Interested in Hosting a Snowflake Event: If your chapter is ready to step up and host a Snowball Event, your first step is to visit the Snowball Express website and check out the “Guide to Snowflake Events” and “Snowflake Worksheet.” These documents are designed to help you get started.
For questions, or to make a donation, please reach out to NCOA Executive Director Clifford “Scoop” Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org or NCOA Director of Chapter and Member Services Tina Kish at email@example.com. No email? Call (800) 662-2620 Ext. 261 and talk with Ms. Kish.
View photos of recent NCOA Snowflake events:
January 10, 2015 San Antonio Rampage Pre-game Skate and Game
January 11, 2015 Globetrotters Meet & Greet and Game in Huntsville