ACC and Wounded Warrior Project® Team Up at ACC Baseball Championship

Military Day initiatives to include parachute team delivering game ball.

DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2015 ACC Baseball Championship Game on Sunday, May 24.

The ACC is once again collaborating with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to invite WWP injured service members and their guests to the game for a VIP experience. WWP members George DeMarco and Michael Watts will be recognized on-field prior to the game.

In addition, the All Veteran Group Parachute Team will be delivering the game ball. The group of former and present military members has conducted over 50,000 parachute jumps and will have three members parachute into the ballpark prior to the game. 

The first pitch will be thrown by Master Sergeant Lelia Collins of the Air Force Reserve, who has 20 years of military service with both active duty and reserve experience. She is a veteran of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and is currently assigned to the Air Force Reserve Recruiting Command in Durham.

Keith Jones will be performing the national anthem and Hayley Hall will be performing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.

This marks the 10th year that the ACC and WWP have combined forces for a championship event. In addition to the ACC Baseball Championship, the ACC and WWP team up for the ACC Football Championship Game, 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. 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