November 26, 2012

Sonoma State Recognizes Wounded Warrior At Logsdon Classic

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Sonoma State University honored one of our nation's wounded heroes during its men's basketball game against Minnesota State at The Wolves' Den in Rohnert Park, Calif. on Nov. 16 as part of the 12th Annual Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic.  In partnership with Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Sonoma State's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has invited local Wounded Warriors to participate as honorary team captains for the men's and women's basketball teams during the 2012-13 season.

“Sonoma State Athletics is proud to recognize and honor our brave soldiers through the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Bill Fusco, SSU Director of Athletics.  “At Sonoma State University, we hope to make WWP more interactive with various campus departments and hopefully open many opportunities for our veterans.”

The mission of WWP is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.  WWP is a nonprofit organization with the vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

Wounded Warrior Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Pauley of Petaluma was honored prior to the SSU men's basketball game against Dominican University of California.  Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Sergeant Pauley has lived in Petaluma for the past five years.  He spent 11 years in the United States Army where, in 2006, he was wounded by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq and received a Purple Heart.  He has been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project for a number of years and has participated in Soldier Ride and AmpSurf.

“We applaud the collegiate athletic directors for supporting our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” said Steve Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project.  “Events like these are beneficial to everyone involved.  We believe the fighting spirit and natural leadership abilities of Wounded Warriors can play a big role in motivating athletes, coaches, and communities.  At the same time, these events pay public tribute to the sacrifices this generation of Wounded Warriors and their families have made.  We also know, from our longstanding relationship with NACDA, the warriors honored gain confidence from attending these events.”

Over 48,000 service members have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Sonoma State University Athletics will be planning future events at intercollegiate athletic contests with the Wounded Warriors Project.  For more information on WWP, please visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About Wounded Warrior ProjectTM

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors.  WWP's purpose 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.  WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.  To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About NACDA

NACDA, now in its 49th 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 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention.  Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors.  For more information, visit www.nacda.com.