Yale to Honor Nation's Military Heroes at The Game

Nov. 14, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This Saturday in the 124th edition of The Game vs. Harvard, Yale and the Wounded Warrior Project will honor those men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

"Yale is proud to recognize the Wounded Warrior Project and the severely injured soldiers the project represents," stated Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics.

This year Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose motto is "The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten," partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to raise awareness in the collegiate community.

Wounded Warrior and North Haven, Conn., resident Daniel Laffin will be honored at Saturday's game. Laffin, a member of the United States Army, received various injuries as a result of combat. He will perform the coin toss.

"While stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation's military personnel participated in sports during their downtime and even after severe injury, wounded service members continue to use athletic endeavors as a tool in their rehabilitation," said John Melia, Founder and Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. "I am confident this relationship will be rewarding and lasting for the Wounded Warrior Project."

The game, which will determine the Ivy League title, will be televised live on HDNet, SportsNet NY (New York), WPHL (Philadelphia), WLVI (Boston) and WTXX (Hartford).

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