Deeds, not words.

We honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day not just with the words we say but with the actions we take. We remember their names, their deeds, their sacrifice.

For Memorial Day we always say "res, non verba" or "actions, not words" and this year is no different.

Every day, We Defy scholarship athletes are simply proving everyone wrong when they take to the mats. Your support allows us to continue our mission of providing therapeutic healing through the sport of Jiu Jitsu.Join one of our teams and create your own personal page to tell your story.

Funds that you raise will "roll up" to the team total.

Those registered through Carry The Load who donate $50 or more are eligible for a limited edition We Defy Foundation event t-shirt while supplies last (U.S Shipping Only). Earn your Carry The Load - Load Carrier shirt by raising $200 or more!

All funds are due by May 29th, 5 pm (CST).

Host an Event - Complete our Memorial Day Third Party Agreement & WDF x CTL Registration: Guide & Resources

Find an event near you- Official 2024 WDF Event Hosts

Together we can honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, veterans, first responders and their families.

Remember, honor, and celebrate our nation's heroes by participating in the event and raising funds to support organizations which help heroes and their families.

- Every dollar we raise goes straight to We Defy Foundation. Carry the Load doesn’t take a percentage, they don't even charge us processing fees. This is huge!
- Our participation in this fundraiser is judged and our performance can help us to be chosen as a recipient of additional funds in the future from Carry the Load - your engagement matters!! Especially on social media!
- We will have a limited edition WDF Memorial Day t-shirt. This shirt cannot be bought, it can only be earned. If you register as an individual under your Region Team's Carry the Load page and either raise or donate $50+ you earn the tshirt. THIS IS THE WAY :) 

Ready to honor our veterans with your actions? Here's how it works:

1)  Go to 

2)  Choose "Join an Existing Team"

3)  Choose the team for your region and register!

4)  You will receive a fundraising link - use this to donate and raise funds for WDF.  We receive 100% of the funds raised!

Hosting an open mat? Join the existing team for your region and use your link to donate the funds raised at your open mat!

Questions? Email events@wedefyfoundation.org