The Phantom 4s were presented to the three winners by representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project and Polaris. Polaris Defense surprised each winner by providing $5,000 worth of gear and accessories to outfit their new vehicles. Polaris also presented Wounded Warrior Project with $33,050 to honor the 1,322 people that entered the contest ($25 for each entrant).
Winners Tammy Persing, Gavin Goodwin and William Hampton entered an essay contest explaining what it would mean to them to win a Polaris Ranger RZR and how they and their family would enjoy the vehicle. Their essays touched on how the vehicles would give them the ability to enjoy life with their families, be more adventuresome, and give them freedom away from the hospitals and post-war challenges they have endured.
The official giveaway to the contest winners was at a ride area outside of Phoenix, Ariz. Jagged X, who was instrumental in developing and helping Polaris with the Phantom 4s, orchestrated a ride after the presentation for the winners and their families.
“Polaris would like to congratulate the winners of the essay contest and thank them for their service,” says Jason Difuccia, marketing manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Vehicles Division. “It was our pleasure to donate the Phantom 4s to such a wonderful organization. These individuals have made a great sacrifice for our freedom; we hope these vehicles bring joy to them and their families.”