Bluffton, SC–The USCB Women’s Soccer Team will honor our nation’s wounded heroes during their game against Newberry College at the Hilton Head Gateway campus on Hwy 278, on October 20th at 3pm. In partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), USCB has invited a wounded warrior to be an “honorary coach” of the game.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower these wounded warriors and make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation’s history.
Wounded Warrior Douglas Hamilton Kinard Jr. will be honored at the game. Kinard served with the Army for 20 years and was awarded a Combat Action Badge & Purple Heart. He is married to Britnee Kinard. They have a daughter, Ellerbe, and a son, Blayne.
“Wounded warriors are models of service and dedication, and being publicly recognized for their sacrifices at events like this can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “Our hope is that these warriors also inspire the teams and fans around the country as they share their stories of recovery and resiliency.”
USCB has many military students, and even faculty with military backgrounds. Nursing professor, Mary Jarmulowicz, Commander in the Navy Nurse Corps, retired from the United States Navy in 1996, after 22 years of military service. She notes, “What I did is pale in comparison to those who have entered into battle, been injured, or given the ultimate sacrifice so that I may continue to live free. I salute all wounded warriors along with those who have died so that I may live free. Bravo Zulu.”
Over 44,000 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 woundedwarriorproject.org.
NACDA, now in its 47th 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™ (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, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.