Cedar Crest College Athletics Celebrates Military Veterans
Allentown, Pa. (Jan. 9, 2013)— Cedar Crest College will honor our nation’s wounded heroes during their basketball game against Cabrini College in Lees Gym on Saturday, January 19. In partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Cedar Crest’s athletics department has invited local Wounded Warriors to participate in a host of activities leading up to the Falcons 1 p.m. tipoff versus Cabrini, including:
- 12:15 p.m.: Select Wounded Warriors meet with members of the Cedar Crest Falcons
- 12:45 p.m.: Select Wounded Warriors and team members will step to center court and be announced on the public address system
- 12:55 p.m.: All current military and veterans rise to be honored, then everyone else will be asked to rise for the playing of the national anthem
- 1 p.m.: Ceremonial tip-off with select Wounded Warriors
- 2:30 p.m.: Reception in the Harmon Hall of Peace on campus (25 yards from Lees Gym)
The Wounded Warriors Project is a national organization that raises awareness of, and provides support for, wounded returning veterans.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project to help raise awareness and honor our nation’s military personnel during our basketball game,” said Cedar Crest College Athletics Director Lisa McGuirk. “It is our hope that all in attendance will be inspired by our nation’s heroes and gain greater insight as to the sacrifices that our military personnel make to ensure our freedoms.”
Organizers of the Wounded Warrior Project were grateful for the support of Cedar Crest College and others participating in the initiative.
“We applaud the collegiate athletic directors for supporting our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” said Steve Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project, who noted that more than 48,000 service members have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We believe the fighting spirit and natural leadership abilities of Wounded Warriors can play a big role in motivating athletes, coaches, and communities. At the same time, these events pay tribute to the sacrifices this generation of Wounded Warriors and their families have made. We also know the warriors honored gain confidence from these events.”
Veterans and current members of the military do not have to pre-register to attend the game. For more information call 610-606-4666 x3667.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.