Thursday, September 14, 2006

Good News: "College shine spotlight on America's service members"

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Wounded Warrior Project have joined forces for the 2006-07 sports seasons.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organizaiton that helps U.S. soldiers recover from severe war-related injuries. NACDA will work with the group to get wounded soldiers involved with their respective athletic programs as speakers, participants in ceremonies, or honored guests at games. This cooperative effort will also include fund raising activities by NACDA member schools to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

John Fernandez is a coordinator for the project who was a captain of Army's lacrosse team in 2001. He lost his right leg and left foot while serving in the military in Iraq and says, "the bottom line is, people are forgetting about what's going on in Iraq. A lot of people are getting hurt -- 20,000 people have been injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. It's very important to get [that information] out there. It makes people think a little more about the sacrifices that are being made."

I'm sure one thing people in red states and blue states can agree upon is that our nation needs to take care of those who serve and come back with physical challenges. I'm glad to see college sports lend a hand to this effort.

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