Oct. 11, 2010
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State University will honor members of the armed forces who have been injured during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan during the game against Boston College on Saturday. In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), wounded warriors Luke Murphy and Ledell Williams will be recognized during the game.
Luke Murphy, a member of the National Guard returned to Iraq for a second mission and was catastrophically wounded by an IED device which removed his right leg and mangled his left. Murphy received the Purple Heart. He has endured over 27 surgeries to get to where he is at today, a junior here at Florida State University.
Ledell Williams enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in 1986. Williams was injured in 2004 while serving at camp Babylon in Iraq. Ledell received a combat action badge and is the proud parent of current FSU student, Ledell Williams Jr., who is in the NAVY ROTC.
“It is with great enthusiasm that Florida State participates in the Wounded Warrior project,” said FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “We welcome the opportunity to relay the message that we appreciate the sacrifice and courage of those serving in our military around the globe.”
Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. It serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service men and women, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
“For many WWP alumni, being honored at these games is the only public recognition they ever receive for their service to our country,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “After injury, many wounded service members use athletic endeavors as part of their rehabilitation, and being invited to a game like this is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for them.”
Wounded Warrior Project Public Service Announcements will also be played throughout the game. For more information on WWP, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
NACDA, now in its 46th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured men 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, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.