Houston – S4L Entertainment & Sports Management LLC, a veteran-owned event planning business, is thrilled to announce its collaboration with the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Office and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Together, we take immense pride in presenting the 2nd Annual S4L Houston Veterans Resiliency Retreat. This event, scheduled from October 06 to 08, 2023, is exclusively dedicated to all current and former Active-Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, alongside their supporters, and veterans. Building on the success of the 2022 retreat, this year’s event seeks to uplift our nation’s defenders and raise awareness of the challenges they encounter during transition, encompassing homelessness and the risk of suicide.
FRIDAY, October 06, 2023 – Delve into mental wellness and post-traumatic growth at the Holistic Health Workshop held at the Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center (4410 Reed Rd. Houston, TX 77051) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Esteemed mental health professionals will enrich the workshop with their insights, offering invaluable guidance and practical mental health exercises accessible to all participants. Additionally, sandwich trays will be provided for attendees during the event.
SATURDAY, October 07, 2023 – The day begins in grand style with a magnificent brunch, setting the stage for the S4L Houston Resiliency Awards Ceremony at the Sunnyside Health & Multi-Service Center. This event promises a remarkable experience, featuring a ceremonial color guard, an enchanting live jazz performance, and an awards presentation by Command Sergeant Major, US Army Retired, Sa’eed Mustafa. The ceremony will unfold from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
CSM Mustafa has been a tireless advocate for his anti-suicide strategy since 2014. The essence of his approach is elegantly simple yet profoundly impactful: through the recognition and celebration of veterans who have demonstrated extraordinary resilience in their lives after military service, we actively combat the tragic phenomenon of suicidal ideation.
As day turns to night, excitement continues to build with a thrilling exhibition basketball game pitting retired NBA players against The Military Basketball Association. This exciting showdown will take place at the Texas Southern University Recreational Center (3220 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, TX 77004) from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The game will feature the participation of six retired NBA players, promising a high-energy showdown.
The halftime show is set to dazzle with a showcase of local high school basketball all-stars engaging in an electrifying dunk contest. This segment highlights the resilience nurtured through sports and underscores the unique opportunities afforded by military service, including the esteemed World Class Athletes program.
SUNDAY, October 08, 2023 – We will conclude the retreat with a heartfelt prayer breakfast and the distinctive “S4L Houston Equine Assisted Learning Experience” at Brookside Ranch (5731 Brookside Rd., Brookside Village, TX 77581) from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The session will feature Pastor Tomaz Adams and Dr. Beverly Walsh. The breakfast is graciously sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project.
All individuals—Active-Duty, Reserve, National Guard, former service members, and retirees of any rank—are wholeheartedly invited to participate and immerse themselves in the spirit of camaraderie.
We cordially invite Local nonprofit organizations, businesses, and philanthropists in Houston to actively support our mission against veteran homelessness and suicide by becoming sponsors.