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National mens’ and boys’ hair care chain teams up with VFW Operation Uplink™ to make calls home possible for U .S. service members overseas
East County News Service
(October 13, 2010) – Beginning Sunday, October 17, Sport Clips in The Marketplace at Santee and in La Jolla will join the franchise’s over 700 stores across the country to kick off their annual “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign. The effort supports the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink™. Now in its fourth year, Operation Uplink offers free call days for deployed and hospitalized American service members. Sport Clips hopes to raise $300,000.

“We’ll be taking part in Sport Clips’ ‘Biggest Haircut Day of the Year’ cut-a-thon on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, when stores nationwide will donate a dollar from every haircut service to Operation Uplink,” says Terry Klinker at Sport Clips in Santee. “Donations to ‘Help A Hero’ will be collected at our store and online at through November 13.” Klinker’s store will also raise funds through a variety of other means in the Santee area, including a presence at the Chargers game next Sunday morning.
Sport Clips’ Founder and CEO Gordon Logan, who is a veteran and lifetime member of the VFW, says, “More than 344,508 connections with family and loved ones were made last year through the efforts of our team members and clients. They’ve generously given their time, enthusiasm, and means to sponsor free call days on Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.”
“Since 2007, Sport Clips’ amazing record of generosity has enabled them to sponsor numerous VFW Operation Uplink™ ‘Free Call Days,’ totaling 7,280,065 minutes worth of free calls home for soldiers and hospitalized veterans,” says VFW National Commander-in-Chief Richard Eubank. “Their ‘Help A Hero’ campaign is a tremendous testament to their remarkable efforts toward demonstrating appreciation and gratitude to our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. The VFW is deeply grateful to the Sport Clips family of managers and employees who understand the significant debt we all owe to America’s defenders.”
Sport Clips is now the VFW’s largest single-donation “free call day” sponsor, having donated almost $500,000 to Operation Uplink since 2007. For more information, visit the Sport Clips store at 9349 Mission Gorge Road (next to the new Henry’s) or go to
Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranked in the top 100 overall and top 50 in growth for the sixth straight year in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s “2010 AllBusiness AllStars.” Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, and holds partnerships with several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit

Print out the coupon at right to receive a discount on haircuts at Sport Clips in Santee:


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