Jan. 29, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State men's basketball will honor our nation's wounded heroes during its game against Boise State at Moby Arena on Wednesday night. In partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), CSU's athletics department has invited two Wounded Warriors, Army Staff Sergeant Donald Sutton and E7 Coast Guard Chief John Shunk, to be honored pregame as part of the Rams' annual Military Appreciation Night.
"CSU Athletics is humbled to have the opportunity to recognize John Shunk and Donald Cooper," said Director of Athletics Jack Graham. "These two heroes, who call Colorado home, represent thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line every day to defend our country and our freedom. We are grateful for their tremendous courage, and service to our country, and we are honored to be able to participate in the Wounded Warrior Project."
The mission of WWP is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP is a nonprofit organization with the vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
"We applaud the collegiate athletic directors for supporting our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors," said Steve Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project. "Events like these are beneficial to everyone involved. 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 public tribute to the sacrifices this generation of Wounded Warriors and their families have made. We also know, from our longstanding relationship with NACDA, the warriors honored gain confidence from attending these events."
Over 48,000 service members have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
For more information on WWP, please visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
NACDA, now in its 49th 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 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.
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.
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