W&L Football Gains Ground for Wounded Warriors

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee football team has decided to gain ground to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, setting a goal of raising $25,000 in an effort to increase awareness of the sacrifices made by our country's bravest.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.

The Generals intend to support the program by seeking donations of one penny for every yard gained during the 2011 season.  Last season, W&L gained a grand total of 6,024 yards (Passing/Rushing/Punt Ret./Kickoff Ret./Interception Ret./Fumble Ret.), which would translate into $60.24 per sponsor if the Generals can match their record-breaking 2010 campaign.  Supporters can also pledge a flat donation as well.

If you wish to pledge a donation and help W&L gain ground to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, please contact program leaders Gavin Colliton (collitong@wlu.edu) or Garrett LeRose (leroseg@wlu.edu).  You can also pledge and track the team's progress towards its goal by visiting the Generals Wounded Warriors pledge website at http://WWPProudSupporter.kintera.org/generalsfootball.

Washington and Lee athletes have a strong tradition of participation with the United States Military.  Former linebacker Ryan Hoover '06 currently serves in the Army, while former defensive back Rob Rain '07 served in the Marine Corp.  Junior running back Sasha Vandalov '13 participates in the Army ROTC program.  Additionally, former football team manager Dwyn Jolly '09 currently serves with the Marines and former football captain Chris Coffland '88 gave the ultimate sacrifice last November when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.