ACC and Wounded Warrior Project® Team Up at Football Championship Game

Local veterans to participate in God Bless America ceremony between third and fourth quarters.

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2015 ACC Dr Pepper Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The ACC is once again collaborating with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to invite WWP injured service members and their guests to the game. The five invited WWP families will have VIP hospitality at FanFest, VIP viewing of the concerts and pregame sideline access. In addition, all five heroes will take part in a special recognition on field in between the third and fourth quarters.  This presentation will be followed by the singing of God Bless America by Frank Thomas, a retired first sergeant who served 25 years as a Combat Engineer in the Army. The national anthem will be performed by Opera Carolina’s Noah Rice.  

This marks the 11th 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. 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