JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and "Face Off for a Cause" will join forces on Saturday, February 14, at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium to present two premier lacrosse games. All event proceeds will benefit WWP and the deserving servicemen and women the organization supports as they transition from military to civilian life.

"Events like this one honor and empower wounded warriors and assist us in ensuring this generation of veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation's history," said WWP Director, Resource Development, Adam Silva.

Match play kicks off at noon Saturday, with the University of Maryland vs. United States Air Force Academy. Game two kickoffs at 3:00 p.m. and will feature Clemson University and Florida State University.

Each team will be paired with an honorary team captain that has served his country in the line of duty. Honorary team captains will address their respective teams at a morning breakfast, greet them in advance of match play, join players on the field for the coin toss, and provide sideline support. The team captains will also serve as Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) hosts for the participating teams and guide tours of the organization's Sacrifice Center, which tells the stories of America's injured servicemen and women, and TRACK, a new educational facility designed specifically to meet the needs of today's wounded warrior.

Wounded warriors and honorary captains are: Dan Nevins (University of Maryland), Neil Duncan (United States Air Force Academy), Ian Lennon (Florida State University) and Ron Hawthorne (Clemson University). Event day activities will include participation from local military and ROTC units and official honorary team captain recognition ceremony.

Nevins is a native of Maryland and suffered a left leg, below the knee amputation while serving in Iraq. He now works for the PGA TOUR and is an avid golfer.

Duncan, from Denver, CO, shattered his legs, arms and jaw while serving in Afghanistan. He skis when possible and is working on his college degree.

Lennon, from Lindenhurst, NY suffered third degree burns to the face and arms. Ian is in the second semester of the one-year TRACK program and plans to pursue a career as a fire investigator through an internship with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Hawthorne, from Jacksonville, FL, lost sight in his left eye and suffered a traumatic brain injury during his time served. He has plans to enter college in the near future.

Full BIOS are available upon request. For more information about this event, including tickets, visit faceoff.woundedwarriorproject.org.

About Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) serves to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information visit woundedwarriorproject.org or contact Adam Silva at (904) 445-8538, asilva@woundedwarriorproject.org.

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

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