Coghlan was part of a Marlins contingent that traveled to Kuwait and Iraq on the first ever MLB trip to visit the troops in the war region of Iraq. During the 8-day trip, they spent time with kids at the Kuwait Little League, signed countless autographs and simply spent time swapping stories with the young men and women of our military.
Upon returning to the States, Coghlan and John Baker (who also was on the trip) formed the Marlins Letters to Troops program, which encourages Marlins fans to take time to send letters to members of the Florida National Guard currently serving overseas. Every home stand four soldiers were selected and fans could visit the Letters to the Troops booth in section 149 and personalize letters to these men and women.
Chris Coghlan and John Baker also partnered to host a Pros vs. GI Joes event at the Sun Life Stadium. Via Xbox Live, Marlins 'Pros' at the stadium and 'GI Joes' stationed around the world battled each other in Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. In addition, troops from the Homestead Air Force Base were on hand to mingle and play the games too.
Chris Coghlan hosted an inspirational forum where he, along with some of his teammates, shared stories about baseball, testimonials on their faith and how they coincide. In addition to interacting with all those present, he answered questions via his twitter account (Cogz4Christ). The event entertained 150 people and a portion of proceeds from all ticket sales benefitted First Priority, Coghlan's charity of choice. Despite suffering a season ending injury, Coghlan remained active in the South Florida community and continued making a difference off the field.