Centre athletics partners with Wounded Warrior Project to honor soldiers
As a small token of appreciation, Army Sergeant Greggory Prater, Navy Petty Officer Second Class Kirk Theurer and Army Specialist Christopher Marini were named honorary team captains for the Colonels at the pregame coin toss. The wounded veterans and their families were also recognized at halftime and presented with commemorative game balls signed by members of the 2014 Centre football team.
Thousands of alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as their family members and caregivers, receive support each year through the 20 free WWP programs that are uniquely structured to nurture the areas of mind, body, economic empowerment and engagement. This can be through physical health and wellness, combat stress programs, peer mentoring, career training and placement, or education opportunities. These services aim to nurture the wounded and their families, aid in the recovery process and smooth their transition back into civilian life.
The Berry game marked the second consecutive year that Centre athletics has teamed with WWP. The Colonels honored two WWP alumni as part of their Community Day festivities for the home game against Sewanee on Oct. 19, 2013.
“Centre athletics is honored to work with the Wounded Warrior Project and to recognize true American heroes like Army Sergeant Greggory Prater, Navy Petty Officer Second Class Kirk Theurer and Army Specialist Christopher Marini,” says Director of Athletics Brad Fields. “While it’s just one day, we hope it serves as a small token of sincere gratitude, on behalf of our coaches, staff and student-athletes, to the outstanding men and women in uniform who protect our freedoms and way of life on a daily basis.
“To be able to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project is a privilege, and my only regret is that I wish we could do more,” Fields continues. “This amazing organization is dedicated to assisting those who have selflessly sacrificed themselves, in ways we can’t even imagine, to protect people they don’t even know.”
More than 52,000 service members have been physically wounded during the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. An estimated 400,000 more are living with the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
If you or someone you know is a warrior who could benefit from camaraderie with others who understand such experiences or need support throughout the process of physical and mental recovery, please call 877-TEAM-WWP or visit www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. Here
by Matt Montavon, Sports Information Director