October 9, 2007 - by
FSU To Honor The Nation’s Military Heroes

Oct. 9, 2007





When the Florida State football team hosts Duke University on October 27th, the University will honor some of America‘s heroes in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. The game will honor those men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.


 


“The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has prioritized this wonderful opportunity and partnership to pay tribute to those who have made sacrifices while defending our country,” said Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart.  “We are proud to participate in this recognition of bravery,”


 


All past and present members of the Military, along with their friends and families are eligible for special reduced rate tickets for the FSU vs. Duke football game on October 27th. The reduced rate tickets are only $17 each. 


 


This year, the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose motto is “The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten,” partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to raise awareness in the collegiate community. The Wounded Warriors will be honored before the game by participating in the coin toss with the team captains and will be recognized on the field at halftime.  Wounded Warrior Project PSAs will also be played throughout the game.


 


“NACDA is proud to be associated with the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Lee McElroy, NACDA president and director of athletics at the University at Albany.  “This relationship will allow our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to recognize and honor the men and women who have risked their lives for our well being and assist them on their road to recovery.”


 


“While stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation’s military personnel participated in sports during their downtime and even after severe injury, wounded service members continue to use athletic endeavors as a tool in their rehabilitation,” said John Melia, Founder and Executive Director of WWP.


“I am confident this relationship will be rewarding and lasting for the Wounded Warrior Project.”


 


About NACDA: Now in its 42nd year, NACDA is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 10 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director.  For more information, visit www.nacda.com.


 


About the Wounded Warrior Project: The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization aimed at assisting those men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world. Beginning at the bedside of the severely wounded, WWP provides programs and services designated to ease the burdens of these heroes and their families and aids in the recovery process and smooth the transition back to civilian life. For more information, please call (540) 342-0032 or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.


 


Special Reduced Rate Tickets for Military Members: All past and present members of the Military, along with their friends and families are eligible for special reduced rate tickets for the FSU vs. Duke Football Game on October 27th. The reduced rate tickets are only $17 each.  For information on ordering tickets visit REPLACE_ME or call (850) 644-8368.

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