racing for a cause

Racing for a Cause

earl granville's--story

For years, Dietz & Watson has been a proud presenter of the Hometown Heroes, honoring a standout member of the U.S. Armed Forces at each Philadelphia Eagles home game. Among those honored in past seasons is Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville. Since his military retirement, Granville has found a different purpose; helping injured veterans live an active lifestyle. Through public speaking and races, including the Philadelphia Dietz & Watson Half Marathon, Granville has overcome tremendous adversity since his service.

Earl and his identical twin brother, Joseph, served as Infantrymen in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and were later deployed in Bosnia and Iraq. Earl was deployed once again, this time to Afghanistan.

While in Afghanistan with the 1/109th Infantry Regiment, Earl tragically lost his leg. Earl also lost his twin brother when on December 18, 2010, Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Granville took his own life.

After pulling himself out of the mental hardship of losing Joe, Earl became more active, pushing himself physically and stepping out of his comfort zone. He began competing in sports, endurance challenges, and races while speaking out on the importance of combatting mental health adversity in the armed forces.

Today, Earl shares his and Joe’s story and ideas on living a healthy mental lifestyle in hopes that other soldiers will be more vigilant and take steps to identify the potential signs of suicide. He frequently runs alongside some teammates from Oscar Mike, an organization dedicated to helping injured Veterans live a fulfilling and active life.

We’d like to thank Earl, along with all of our Hometown Heroes, for being leaders in our community and inspiring us all. Click here to nominate your hometown hero!