The Nittany Lions will wear specially designed camo jersey tops. Fans will have the chance to bid on game-worn jerseys.




Wounded Warrior Project is this Saturday at Penn State Baseball!

Date & Details


• Opponent: Michigan State
• Date & Time: Saturday, May 1st at 2:05 p.m.
• 4 for $24 Ticket Promotion - 4 tickets, 4 sodas & 4 hot dogs for only $24. Order tickets on GoPSUsports.com and click the TICKETS tab or call 814-272-1711 9am-5pm weekdays.
• Penn State Baseball invites all Armed Forces members, families and supporters to the game to help raise funds and awareness
• Giveaway: Fans can receive a Camo Shaker at the gates (*while supplies last)

Background


The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to "honoring and empowering wounded warriors" of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Mission:
• Create awareness amongst the public of wounded warriors and their sacrifices, including:
• Provide useful programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members and their families including: quality healthcare, benefits and compensation programs, support groups, etc.

Beneficiaries From Baseball Game


The national Wounded Warrior Project and Chris Swales, a State College, Pa. army veteran and PSU Ability Athlete

Chris Swales was born and currently resides in State College, Pa. He attended Lock Haven University for two years and then did an apprenticeship under a world renowned chef. While working as a chef mostly in Colorado, Chris participated in extreme sports which led him to joining the army as an infantry soldier in the 25th infantry. He trained for just over a year before going to Iraq, where he was injured on March 30, 2005. Chris says, "as bad as it seems I really enjoyed it over there and enjoyed my time in the Army helping others."

One day on patrol, Chris' infantry pulled over a group of vehicles with one looking very suspicious. "As the gate dropped and we exited the Stryker, the men in the car opened fire on us," as Chris recounts the incident. "I fell to the ground and, at first, I thought I had tripped but then I saw the blood I crawled to safety behind the wheel of the Stryker." Chris then explains he put a tourniquet on but couldn't get it tight enough. "Thanks to my whole squad, I had a chance and could have died twice, but I pulled through." Chris also remembers that attack as his close friend Sgt. Kenneth Levi Ridgley wasn't so lucky.

Chris said that after his injuries he gave up on athletics for the most part. "I didn't see how or where I could play sports but I ran into Teri Jordan and she told me about Penn State Athletics' wheelchair basketball and that's how I joined the Ability Athletes program." "I gave it a try and loved it and I was asked to give throwing a try. I also started lifting. "

Each time Chris recounts his story he ends it with a quote that is synonymous with his work ethic towards his sports. "As it turns out, that the more you lose in life, the stronger your drive becomes."

Fundraising


Ticket Sales
• $1 from each single game or group ticket sold donated

Auctions
• Silent auction on the concourse with Penn State Baseball camo jerseys and pro-sports memorabilia
• Online auction with selected Penn State Baseball camo jerseys

Special Penn State Baseball camo T-shirts
• Special Penn State Baseball t-shirt sold at games $10 (Proceeds donated - $4) . Proceeds will be donated to Chris to help him compete and travel to his competitions.

Money collection on concourse: Bring your spare pennies and change to make a donation on the concourse.

Planned Activities


On the concourse:
Any military organization has the opportunity to display and promote their organization.
• Airbrush Tattoos, Baseball Toss, Hoops inflatable, Putting green and a football toss!
• Silent auction on concourse level (Items Below)

• Ben Heath camo jersey
• Louie Picconi camo jersey
• Joey Debernardis camo jersey
• Mike Wanamaker camo jersey
• Sean Deegan camo jersey
• Neal Herring camo jersey
• David Lutz camo jersey
• Head Coach and former MLB player Robbie Wine autographed ball
• Autographed Joe Paterno football
• Washington Wizards Andray Blatche autographed basketball
• Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala autographed jersey
• Philadelphia Phillies Shane Victorino signed Phillies hat
• Suite for a game includes 20 tickets, throw out the first pitch, photo with group on-field pregame, and autographed 2010 team poster
• Nittany Lion Basketball autographed panoramic poster
• Lady Lion Basketball autographed panoramic poster
• Batting practice on field before a game (*50 pitches)
• Autographed 2010 team baseball, autographed 2010 team poster and official team Nike t-shirt, cap
• Press Box VIP package: 4 tickets in the press box, autographed 2010 team poster, photo on the field pre-game and throw out the first pitch All-Access Tours of Beaver Stadium and Lubrano Park, two tickets to an upcoming 2010 PSU baseball game and 2 tickets to the Youngstown State game on 9/4
(*includes locker rooms, press box and media rooms, on-field, suites, club seating, and dugout. Tours can be on separate dates than game dates. Tour date must be different than game date for football)
Round of golf for 2 at the Penn State Blue course (*does not include cart)

In the game:
• Pre-game ceremonies to honor wounded veterans and other plans throughout the game to honor all veterans
• Chris Swales to throw out the first pitch, Jenn Bonnani to sing the National Anthem, and Bart and Arianna Bartolomea to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame
• Contests and fun between innings
• Praise to attending Wounded Warriors, Veterans and current Military service people for their sacrifices and service to our country!

For more information, call Matt Checchio at (814) 867-0773 or email him at psubaseball@athletics.psu.edu.

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