USO Recruits Bachelor Candidate Matt James, Service Members and Military Spouse for Boston Marathon® Team

Team members will run 26.2 miles to raise money for USO programs in the military community

ARLINGTON, Va., February 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Four runners will represent United Service Organizations (USO) at the 126and Boston Marathon the April 18, 2022, to raise awareness and generate revenue for USO programs that support the US military community around the world. Participants understand matt jamesa former contestant on “The Bachelor” TV show, Derek Melendezan army medical recruiter, Jennifer Roota New Bedford, Mass. high school teacher who also serves in the Army Reserve, and Marie Vaughna military wife who has supported her husband on countless international deployments over the years.

Matt James Running

“The USO is thrilled to participate in this iconic event with a strong team of runners who have experienced the impact of USO programs and services firsthand,” said USO President and CEO. . JD Crouch II. “We look forward to encouraging a team whose values ​​align so closely with ours.”

Since 2018, the nonprofit John Hancock Program has granted four Boston Marathon invitational entries to the USO. The USO team hopes to raise a total of $100,000 in donations before crossing the finish line in April of this year.

John Hancock is proud to help the USO keep service members and their families strong,” said Ashley Milessenior, John Hancock. “We’re thrilled to see the USO team back on the starting line for its fifth straight year at the Boston Marathon.”

matt james is an American television personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist most recently known for his historic role as the first black man on ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor” and his appearance on season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars”. Matt will bring his marathon fundraising efforts into the national spotlight as one of four runners. He shared, “I’m thrilled to run on behalf of the USO because this organization provides such important service to those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.”

Funds raised will help the USO stand by our troops no matter where they are stationed or what mission they are assigned to, through programs such as the USO Care Package Program, the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program and military virtual programming.

To continue to provide essential services to our troops, the USO relies on the generous support of its partners and the American public. To donate to the USO Boston Marathon team, go here.

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About USO
The USO strengthens American military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. In hundreds of places around the world, we are united in our commitment to connecting our service members and their families through countless acts of kindness, comfort and support. The USO is a private non-profit organization and not a government agency. Our entertainment programs, services, and tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our business partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about USO, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

On John Hancock and Manulife
John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services provider that helps people make decisions easier and live better lives by providing financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions . Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and as 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at

One of the largest life insurers in United States, John Hancock supports over ten million Americans with a wide range of financial products, including life insurance and annuities. John Hancock also supports US investors by bringing leading investment capabilities and expertise in retirement planning and administration to individuals and institutions. Additional information about John Hancock can be found at

About the Marathon
From 1897 to 1968, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriots Day, April 19a public holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War and recognized only in Massachusetts and Maine. The only exception was when the 19th fell on Sunday. In those years, the race was held the next day (Monday 20). However, in 1969 the holiday was officially moved to the third Monday in April. Since 1969, the race has traditionally been held on the third Monday in April.

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