Duquesne to Recognize Wounded Warriors During Football Game
Nov. 9, 2012
Duquesne will honor our nation's wounded heroes during Saturday's 12:10 pm football game against Albany. In partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Duquesne has invited wounded warriors, and all military personnel with military ID to attend the game free of charge.
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 Warriors Marine Corporal Carlos Jativa and Army Sergeant Thomas Malewski will be honored at the game.
Jativa was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Brentwood, New York. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2009 and received the Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Ribbon, Sea Service Ribbon, Overseas Campaign Medal and Navy Unit Citation Medal. Jativa was injured on his second tour of duty in Iraq when his vehicle fell off a bridge. He joined Wounded Warrior Project in April and is currently going to school for Sports Medicine with hope of becoming a police officer, state trooper, or federal agent. Semper Fi!!
Malewski grew up in Pittsburgh and joined the Army in 1995. He did three tours in Bosnia before going to Iraq in 2003 where he was involved in three IED incidences. Malewski received a Purple Heart for his injuries sustained in Iraq.
"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).
For more information on WWP, please visit www.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.
About Wounded Warrior Project 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, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.