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June 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's lacrosse program recently donated $2,940 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Nittany Lions teamed with Penn State Ability Athletics head coach Teri Jordan to raise the money and submit the donation.
During the March 23 home game against Saint Joseph's, Penn State had Sean Hook and Nate DeWalt honored. Hook is a retired member of the Army and a Purple Heart recipient who competed in the National Warrior Games this past May in Colorado. DeWalt earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and participated in this year's World Triathalon Games.
The Nittany Lions sold Wounded Warrior t-shirts at the St. Joe's game for $20 apiece with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors. When all the shirts weren't sold that day, the booster club, PSU parent group and Intercollegiate Athletics stepped up and sold the rest of the shirts shortly after to help raise the funds for the donation.
The Nittany Lions are proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, which strives "to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history," according to the Project's website. Additionally, the WWP's stated purpose is "to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members."
Penn State men's lacrosse produced one of its most successful seasons ever in 2013, winning a school-record 12 games and earning its third NCAA postseason berth while hosting both the CAA and NCAA Tournaments.