FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team will Face-Off for a Cause on Saturday, March 15 in its home game versus the University of Hartford. The Pioneers will be supporting the Wounded Warrior Project that afternoon, raising awareness and funds for the organization.
"Being part of helping the men and women who put it all on the line so that we can live the lives we do is a tremendous honor for all of us," Sacred Heart head men's lacrosse coach Jonathan Basti said. "It is an eye-opening experience for our student-athletes to be around these veterans and I think it helps them appreciate all that we have. I am looking forward to a great event and hope that our community comes out to support these warriors."
Sacred Heart lacrosse has designed a t-shirt, being sold for $25, which is specifically designed for Saturday's game and all proceeds benefitting the WWP. In addition, 50 percent of ticket sales on March 15 will also be donated, and both Sacred Heart and Hartford have agreed to do-away with the traditional player and coach comp ticket list that afternoon.
This is the second WWP game that SHU has played in this year. On March 1 the team travelled to Dallas, Texas and took on Dartmouth at SMU Stadium. Travelling with the team that day weekend was Colonel Ken Curley, United States Army, who imparted on the Pioneers the theme that they were playing for something bigger than themselves, something the Pioneers embraced.
Colonel Curley first met with the Pioneers in September and has been part of the program ever since. A wounded veteran himself, Curley is very active in working with veteran groups and on behalf of veterans from all services.
"Having Colonel Curley speak to our team has really helped our guys understand the enormity of what the Wounded Warrior Project is all about," said Basti. "For me, personally, Colonel Curley has been a friend and mentor. Watching him speak to our guys, and seeing them embrace, not only his message, but the opportunity of these events, has made me proud to be a part of this community."
Established in 2003, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a desire to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist warriors with visible and invisible wounds as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of wounded service members, family members and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs.
The on-going purpose of WWP 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.
Fans that wish to find out more information about the WWP can visit the official homepage.