The 8th Annual Battle at Boxwood (VIDEO)

The 8th Annual Battle at Boxwood took place on Saturday July 21, 2018 at Boxwood Gulch Ranch in Shawnee, Colorado. It was a truly special day and we’re deeply honored by all those whose great contributions made this another incredible year for the disabled veterans we serve.  THANK YOU!

We are pleased to share a great short video with you from Altitude Sports which beautifully captures the essence of The Battle at Boxwood, our cause and the disabled veterans who benefit from our programs. (You can also view our photo gallery from The 8th Battle at Boxwood at the bottom of this post!)

The Battle at Boxwood is a 1 day competition comprising 10 four-man teams (each including a professional guide, sponsor, sports or entertainment celebrity, and two PHWFF veteran participants).  Thanks to the generosity of the Mauritz family and Boxwood Gulch, the event takes place on a private section of the South Platte River — a beautiful, restorative, and fish-filled environment.  Opportunities for rainbow, brown, cutthroat, cutbow, and brook trout are abundant, with trout averaging 16” – 22” on the 3 mile stretch of water offered by Boxwood Gulch Ranch.  It was a another memorable year and we’re pleased to share some highlights with you below — special thanks to David Brittain for the wonderful pictures.


The Battle at Boxwood was founded by  Steve Payne, a business executive and retired NHL player, who spent 10 years with the Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars). In his own words, “Supporting our military is very important to me, so I spend a lot of time doing so. With help from some generous, caring friends, I created the Battle at Boxwood event now in it’s seventh year. The event supports the wonderful organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), by raising money and getting recovering wounded warriors on the water for a day of trout fishing with sports celebrities from the NHL, NFL and MLB.”


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