HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 29, 2011 – As part of its 2011 fall schedule, the James Madison softball team played in the Virginia Fall Military Appreciation Tournament at the Lord Botetourt Complex in Troutville, Va. The weekend was dedicated to the men and women of the armed services with proceeds going to help several charities tied into the military.

JMU raised $505 for the Wounded Warrior Project by auctioning off their ROTC inspired jerseys. The game-worn jerseys were bid on in a silent auction during the games.

“This was a great fall ball event featuring seven Division I teams,” head softball coach Katie Flynn said. “The crowds were great and the Botetourt Complex raised a lot of money for their local military charity. We want to thank the donors who purchased our jerseys. We appreciate your support. We were able to raise over $500 for the Wounded Warrior Project, JMU ROTC’s charity of choice. A special thanks to Shirley Norton for running the silent auction.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to helping injured veterans adjust to life after war through advocacy, counseling and various programs. Its vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warrior’s in the nation’s history.

In addition, the Lord Botetourt Complex raised $2,500 for the Military Family Support Center, Inc. located in Salem, Va.

The Dukes played four games during the weekend’s festivities, including a win over Southeastern Conference-foe Tennessee.

JMU will play its final fall games this weekend as it travels to Farmville, Va., on Friday for a doubleheader with Longwood before hosting its annual Alumnae Game on Saturday as part of homecoming festivities.