JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – November 10, 2023 – In a display of solidarity, CSX employees gathered in large numbers to participate in this year's Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K on Nov. 4. The event, which saw over 160 participants from the company in Jacksonville, Florida and virtually across the country, was a testament to CSX's commitment to supporting our nation's wounded military veterans. Together, they raised over $74,000.
This is the sixth consecutive year that CSX has been a major sponsor of the Carry Forward event, a part of its ongoing Pride in Service community investment initiative. The employees demonstrated their respect for the sacrifices made by our veterans by participating in the 5K run carrying a flag, weight or even another teammate. This symbolized the burden that our veterans bear for our country. The funds raised will support the Wounded Warrior Project's various programs.
The enthusiasm and commitment of CSX were evident in the presence of its President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Hinrichs. He inspired the attendees with stirring remarks at the start of the run/walk. CSX's Technology Senior Information Assurance Manager, Jacob Thompson, stood out as both the top fundraiser for CSX and the Jacksonville city-wide top fundraiser for the fifth year in a row. There was also a strong representation from the CSX Sales and Marketing function, marking it as the largest corporate department at this year's event.
The high turnout of CSX employees generated a wave of pride and enthusiasm, reflecting the company’s ONE CSX culture of collaboration and commitment to community service. You can watch the video below to hear employees discuss the many rewards of participating in the Carry Forward event.