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March 11, 2012
Atlanta, Ga. – (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2012 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Sunday, March 11, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
A salute to the United States Military will be made as part of the pregame ceremonies, including the honoring of three Wounded Warriors on the court, Kimberly Knighting, William F. Treacy III, Jeremy Lyons, and Peter Lara.
Knighting is an Army Airborne Paratrooper out of Fort Bragg, N.C. and spent time in Kuwait in 2003. During her time, she suffered a spine compression fracture and chronic neck, shoulder and back pain.
Treacy, a member of the Army Field Artillery unit, was stationed in Afghanistan in 2007 where he suffered severe injuries including Traumatic Brain Injury after being dislodged from a Humvee.
Lyons, a member of the Marine Corps Infantry, served two tours in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 where he suffered burn injuries during his second tour.
Lara, a Purple Heart award winner and the 2009 Army Times Solider of the Year, is a retired Army First Sergeant. He has had over 40 surgeries after being shot in the head and body and taking shrapnel from IED in a fire fight in 2005.
This marks the seventh year that the ACC and Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP) have combined forces for a championship event. In addition to the Men’s Basketball Tournament, the ACC and WWP teamed up for a ceremonial coin toss for every ACC Football Championship Game since its inception, a ceremonial first pitch at the 2010 and 2011 ACC Baseball Championship and were honored at the 2011 and 2012 ACC and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
In addition to the ceremonial coin toss, the colors will be presented by the Georgia State Defense Color Guard who will present the flags of the United States and Georgia.