November 12, 2011 – I spent the third quarter of today’s game between Army and Rutgers with a group of young men and women who were severely injured while serving in the United States Military.
The brave soldiers, who I was honored to meet and spend a few minutes with, were at the game with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members and helps injured soldiers by providing them with unique programs and services.
Today, more than 30 of those American heroes watched the game from the Mohegan Sun Bar at Yankee Stadium, courtesy of Navistar Defense, a company that produces military vehicles.
For me, the time I spent with the Warriors was the best part of the game, because I got to converse with people who have made incredible sacrifices so that millions of Americans can have experiences like the one I had today — watching a football game at Yankee Stadium.
The Army football team played an inspired game, keeping the contest within a touchdown until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter against a talented Rutgers team that is now 7-3 and will be playing for first place in the Big East next weekend.
As inspiring as Army’s effort was in a hard-fought lose, it didn’t compare to the energy that the Warriors exuded in watching the game.
–Alfred Santasiere III