SLU Joins with Wounded Warrior Project to Honor Two Service Members at Men's Basketball Game

February 08, 2010

Wounded Warrior Project As an institution that takes great pride in its involvement with the members of the United States armed forces, Saint Leo University announced it will be honoring two “Wounded Warriors” before the Lions’ men’s basketball home game against the University of Tampa on the inaugural Wounded Warriors Night, Wednesday, February 10.

In furthering the university’s long-standing relationship with the United States military, the Saint Leo Department of Athletics, along with the University of Tampa, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) have teamed up to honor all active-duty and veteran service men and women, as well as two special warriors on game night at Saint Leo’s Marion Bowman Activities Center.

In working with the Wounded Warrior Project, the Lions will welcome U.S. Army Captain Greg Amira and U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Franco Caro as our Wounded Warriors of the evening.  As the Lions’ guests of honor, both will be honorary team captains and will be recognized in a ceremony before the men’s basketball game tips off.  Following the ceremony, the two veterans and their families will be welcomed to the Green and Gold Club and have VIP seating throughout the game.

“Saint Leo University and military education have been synonymous for years," said Saint Leo Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy.  "We want to expand this relationship, and annually recognize the men and women who have served our country and put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf by reaching out to them through the Wounded Warrior program.”

The Lions have also announced that all active-duty members and veterans of the United States armed forces will be given free admission to the game.

“Events like this one honor and empower Wounded Warriors and assist us in ensuring this generation of veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history,” said Adam Silva, WWP director of resource development.

Wounded Warrior Night will begin at the Bowman Center when the Saint Leo women’s basketball team opens the evening against Tampa at 5:30 p.m.  That will be followed by the men’s game against the Spartans at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Night, contact Saint Leo Athletics Marketing Director and Green & Gold Club Coordinator Walt Riddle at 352-588-8681 or walt.riddle@saintleo.edu.

About the Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The organization provides benefits and career counseling, adaptive sporting opportunities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs and family caregiver programs, to aid in the transition of warriors from a hospital bed to an independent and productive life. WWP staff also works closely with members of Congress on important legislative issues relating to our nation’s severely wounded veterans.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.