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May 29, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference is honoring America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2011 ACC Baseball Championship Game on Sunday, May 29, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch will be Chris Burrell, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project. Burrell is an Army veteran of the War on Terror and fought for our country in Iraq. In 2007, Burrell lost his left leg and following recovery, has returned to Active Duty status at Ft. Bragg. Joining Burrell on the mound will be two additional members of the Wounded Warrior Project, Lee Cook and Chris Bond.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. It serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
In addition to the ceremonial first pitch, the Public Health Service Color Guard will present today's colors while the National Anthem will be performed by David Leathers, Jr. During the seventh-inning stretch, God Bless America will be played.
Throughout the game, the ACC umpires will also honor the men and women of our Armed Forces. The base umpires will wear hats that represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and the home plate umpire will wear an American Flag patch on his left sleeve as well as a flag pin on his hat.