Lowell Lecture

100 Yards of Hope: A Mission to Restore the Ocean and Revitalize Human Purpose, A Screening and Panel Discussion

Date & Time

June 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.


New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Driving Directions


Panelists include: • Lad Akins, Curator of Marine Conservation and Boat Captain, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science • Steve Gonzalez, Special Projects and Events Director, Force Blue, and Master Chief Navy SEAL (Retired) • Susan Groh, Associate Director, NFL Green, and Founding Partner, Legacy Sustainability • Moderator: Jack Groh, Director, NFL Green, and Founding Partner, Legacy Sustainability

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium


Maria Palomino (, )

What happens when former combat veterans, marine scientists, and conservationists join in a shared mission to preserve and restore our ocean? In 2019, the National Football League and its Miami Super Bowl Host Committee formed a unique partnership with the nonprofit FORCE BLUE to address two seemingly unrelated problems—the rapidly declining health of ocean resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have adjusting to civilian life.

Join us for a special screening of 100 Yards of Hope, a documentary film showcasing FORCE BLUE’s work to restore Florida’s coral reefs. Learn how an elite team of special operations veterans united with University of Miami marine scientists and conservationists to create a model for caring, cooperation, and positive change that is transforming lives and restoring our planet. A moderated panel discussion follows.

Free of charge and open to the public, this screening is presented in partnership with the Lowell Institute, NFL Green, and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.