Nov. 12, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge honored our nation's military heroes during its recent exhibition game against Redlands University (11/6/10). In partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), CSUN invited men and women of the United States armed forces who have been injured during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recognized during the game.
"It is an honor to acknowledge these great men and women who protect us from harm's way," said Matador athletic director Rick Mazzuto.
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.
Wounded Warrior Recruit Division Commander, Edmond W. McDonald of the U.S. Navy was honored at the CSUN-Redlands game. McDonald received a enthusiastic ovation for his dedication service in the military.
"Thank you so much for honoring my service to this great country," said McDonald. "My proudest moment was when I joined the U.S. Navy on Oct. 19, 1984. It was the best day of my military career when the fans honored by service. I almost cried with joy and gratification. I appreciated it so much. On behalf of the Wounder Warrior, thank you, thank you, thank you.
According to Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project, "For many WWP alumni, being honored at these games is the only public recognition they ever receive for their service to our country. After injury, many wounded service members use athletic endeavors as part of their rehabilitation, and being invited to a game like this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them."
For more information on Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
NACDA, now in its 46th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.