ATLANTA (April 14, 2011) - Georgia State University will honor our nation's military heroes during Friday's baseball game against Old Dominion at 6 p.m. at the Field at Panthersville as part of Military Appreciation Weekend.
In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), GSU has invited members of the United States armed forces who have been injured during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recognized before the game.
Wounded Warriors Danny Hill, Todd Love, Pedro Ruben and Nathan Watson will be honored with their families before Friday's game. Love, a graduate of nearby Kell High School in Marietta, Ga., will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the series opener.
As part of GSU baseball's Military Appreciation Weekend, veterans and active duty military will receive a Panther baseball cap with their ticket purchase for Friday and Saturday's games against the Monarchs.
On Sunday, military personnel will receive two game tickets for the price of one.
Wounded Warrior Project's mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. It serves to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service men and women, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
"For many WWP alumni, being honored at these games is the only public recognition the ever receive for their service to our country," said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. "After injury, many wounded service members use athletic endeavors as part of their rehabilitation, and being invited to a game like this is a one-in-a-lifetime experience for them."
Wounded Warrior Project Public Service Announcements will also be played throughout the game. For more information on WWP, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
GSU baseball will also be partnering with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority during Saturday's game to support breast cancer awareness by selling "Think Pink" mini bats and hosting a bake sale.