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Local veterans to participate in ceremonial coin toss before Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2013 ACC Dr Pepper Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
There will be a ceremonial coin toss at midfield featuring three Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni, Joseph Payne, William Treacy and Eric Morris.
Payne was medically retired after serving 12 years in the US Army due to injuries suffered while serving in Afghanistan. He now lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Mary and three children, Mackenzie, Emma & Andrew. Payne is studying engineering and works for the NCDOT. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, sports and preparing for triathlons with Wounded Warrior Project.
Treacy joined the Army in 2005 and served in Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2008 as medical support to both Field Artillery and Special Forces Units while at Firebase Cobra, in Oruzgan Province. He was medically retired from the Army in August of 2008. Upon retirement Treacy went back to school and recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He continues to be involved in his community through various veteran outreach programs and represents several local wounded soldier support groups. He hopes to be attending medical school at Georgia Regents University next year.
Morris served in the United States Army for seven years. His service covered three tours to Iraq from 2003- 2009. Morris was honorably discharged in 2010.
This marks the ninth year that the ACC and WWP have combined forces for the coin toss at the league's annual Football Championship game, as WWP has been a part of every ACC Football Championship Game. In addition, the ACC and WWP team up for the ACC Baseball Championship, ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments and other ACC Championships every year.
Wounded Warrior Project® is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after Sept. 11, 2001. With the goal of making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of injured service members, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
In addition to the ceremonial coin toss, a full, field-length American Flag will be displayed for a national anthem performance by Noah Rice, in his 10th season with Opera Carolina. The flag will be held by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship: The 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 7 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC and will feature the Atlantic Division Champion, Florida State, against the Coastal Division Champion, Duke. To purchase tickets, and for more information on the full weekend of ACC festivities, visit http://theacc.co/ACCFCG.