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Williamsville East Football Honors Wounded Warriors

Williamsville East High School Partners with Wounded Warrior Project
“American Hero” Themed Homecoming Events to Benefit Charity  

Williamsville East High School today announced its partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and their families. The two have joined forces to recognize the sacrifices made by those who have served and those that continue to serve in our nation's Armed Forces.

On September 25, in honor of our troops, the Williamsville East High School Football Flames will wear specially-designed game day jerseys for their matchup versus the Kenmore East Bulldogs at 2 p.m. at the Williamsville East Football Stadium. The Flames will take the field in custom camouflage jerseys featuring the Wounded Warrior Project logo, and the American Flag will replace the players' last names on the back of each jersey. Bagpipes will accompany the Niagara Falls Air Force 914th Airlift Wing Honor Guard as they present the flag before the singing of the National Anthem, along with other veteran participation throughout the day. Commemorative game day camouflage bandanas, sponsored by ADPRO Sports, will be given to the first 500 Williamsville East students attending the game. 

The football game takes place during Homecoming Week for the high school, which was appropriately themed “American Hero.”  All grade levels will participate in this first-of-its-kind experience in Western New York.  Homecoming events include the Homecoming Parade with veteran participation, and military-style floats representing each of the four major branches of the Armed Forces.

The Football Boosters Club is organizing the game day events.  They raised money to not only cover the cost of the football jerseys, but also to donate back to the WWP charity.  Unworn jerseys will be sold or auctioned off after the game. Additionally, Homecoming T-shirts will be sold in the school store and will also be available during the football game. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the WWP with the remainder helping to fund a new concession stand and restroom facility adjacent to the Williamsville East High School stadium.

The WWP idea came from Mike Faracca, an East football player and alumnus from 2006.  Mike played four years of college football at Hobart College, who sponsored a WWP game in 2009. “Partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project organization offers Williamsville East High School a unique opportunity to connect with high school football fans, students, the community, and our athletes on a whole new level,” said Faracca. “It also presents an opportunity to support the overall mission of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is to build public awareness and help support injured service men and women and their families."

Any high school or any sports team can organize this type of program to help raise funds for this important charity.  Besides supporting the charity itself, an event like this generates huge school morale and camaraderie spanning all grade levels.  If interested in donating to the Wounded Warrior Project charity, please contact the Football Boosters Club President, Mike Faracca (Sr.), at mfaracca@gmail.com.


About Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is an apolitical nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. To learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.



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