BLACKSBURG, Va. - Head Coach Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Football team announced today a fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior Project, through the sale of camouflage Virginia Tech hats. Hats will be sold for $8 each at the University Bookstore on-campus, the Volume Two Bookstore at University Mall, and the Hokie Stadium Shops in Lane Stadium. Hats can also be purchased online at www.bookstore.vt.edu. The Wounded Warrior Project was created to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid as well as provide direct programs for the needs of injured service members.
Hats will go on sale April 1 and will remain on sale through September 22, when Virginia Tech battles Bowling Green on Military Appreciation Day in Lane Stadium. All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the goal is to raise $25,000; the number 25 to symbolize the jersey number Coach Beamer wore during his playing days at Virginia Tech.
Coach Beamer has invited Ben Kiernan, through the Wounded Warrior Project to join the Virginia Tech Football team at spring football practice March 30. Kiernan was a 1371 Combat Engineer for the Marines when he was injured on September 16, 2010 in Afghanistan as part of an ambush during Operation Enduring Freedom. Kiernan is a graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving a B.A. in Urban Affairs in 2008.
As part of Military Appreciation Day, a check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, members of the Virginia Tech football team will wear a special commemorative helmet to show their support for this project.
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