During the football team’s 33-10 win against St. Lawrence University, Hobart Athletics and the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) kicked off this year’s fundraising events for the WWP with the “Camouflage Contest.”
A raffle of memorabilia autographed by some of the biggest names in professional sports was held at an extended halftime show as the final piece of the “Contest,” raising more than $7,000 for the wounded U.S. soldiers returning from deployment overseas. A national non-profit organization, the WWP provides tangible support to the new generation of severely injured service members upon their return home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas around the world.
Showing their support during the game, the football team wore custom camouflage jerseys detailed with the American flag and the logos of Hobart College and the WWP. Custom apparel, including T-shirts and hats with the WWP and Hobart football logos, was also on sale during the event. All apparel, including the customizable camouflage jerseys, will be available online for purchase at www.shopgraph-tex.com.
Football player Angelo Catalano ’10 and basketball players Tim Ivory ’10 (captain) and Michael Barlow ’11, the organizers of the fundraising efforts, say, “The event was a huge success. The community responded overwhelmingly to this worthy cause and all were left satisfied with their participation. We, and more importantly those who put the lives on the line for our country, cannot thank you enough for your support.”
Hobart Athletics first became involved with the WWP in 2007 when Hobart hockey player Ryan Adler ’09 founded an intercollegiate program called Hockey Helpers. Hobart Hockey Helpers worked in association with WWP to bring attention and support to the veterans wounded during the wars, and this year, other Hobart sports teams are following Adler’s lead, expanding the role of the WWP on the HWS campus.
Catalano, Ivory and Barlow are picking up where Adler left off, organizing various events throughout the year to raise money for WWP.
“We each have friends and family in the U.S. military and because of that we feel a sense of loyalty to these wounded warriors who sacrifice so much for our way of life. This is something we really wanted to do, something we feel good about,” says Catalano.
During the Saturday, Sept. 19 home football game versus Carnegie Melon, which aired on the Time Warner Cable network, Barlow and Ivory appeared in a commercial, promoting WWP and encouraging donations and support. “Putting this together has been a lot of work but it’s more than worth it,” says Barlow. “Every dollar we raise will go to the Wounded Warriors. We want to get the word out to our fellow students, their families and the Geneva community. It is a truly American cause.”