November 11, 2014
Beamer makes donation to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Longtime Tech coach led movement to raise funds for worthy cause

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced today that head football coach Frank Beamer has made a $25,000 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to commemorate Veterans Day.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to this nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.

Beamer spearheaded a fundraising effort through the Hokies’ Military Appreciation Day game versus East Carolina in September. The effort called for the auctioning of 25 special game helmets, along with the selling of t-shirts, caps and other apparel for this cause. Proceeds from these sales went to Herma’s Readers, a charity that Coach Beamer founded in honor of his late mother, and to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

“I think I’m one of millions of Americans who deeply and sincerely appreciate the efforts of our veterans, both past and present,” Beamer said. “At this point in time, taking care of the people who have fought for our freedom has never been more important. This is a dangerous time, and I feel strongly about supporting this cause.”

Tech has held Military Appreciation Day on a Saturday during each of the past three seasons, and the university has a storied military tradition. The Corps of Cadets has been a part of the school since it was established in 1872.

Tech plays Duke this Saturday at noon in Durham, North Carolina. The game will be shown on ESPNU.

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