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Nov. 30, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2012 ACC Dr Pepper Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The ceremonial coin toss at midfield will feature two veterans who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project, Cody Fowler and David Brown, alongside Mayor Anthony Fox and Tom Skains, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Charlotte Collegiate Football.
Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cody Fowler joined the Army at 17 years old. He became a private military contractor when he was 24. After multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he obtained hearing and vision loss, multiple traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, as well as other physical and mental disorders. His complications led to multiple surgeries, in which his right ankle was rebuilt using artificial parts. Today after much support from family and friends, Cody is able to walk and stand tall again.
David Brown grew up in Plant City, Florida and joined the Marines after graduating high school in 2005. After graduating boot camp and he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, shortly after David was deployed overseas. In a small town outside of Fallejiah, five mortars struck David’s standing post. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken back and ankle. David was medically retired in 2011 and currently enjoys spending time as a stay at home dad and creating wood working pieces. He credits Wounded Warrior Project for helping him get active in his community and meet with other local Warriors.
This marks the eighth year that the ACC and the Wounded Warrior Project have combined forces for the coin toss at the league's annual Football Championship game, as the Wounded Warrior Project has been a part of every ACC Football Championship Game. In addition, the ACC and Wounded Warrior Project team up for the ACC Baseball Championship and ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
The coin toss is just one part of the 2012 ACC Football conference-wide, season-long initiative to honor the nation’s military. Throughout the season, each ACC institution hosted a Military Appreciation Day during a home football game where they welcomed a member of the Wounded Warrior Project and paid tribute to veterans through video board and ribbon board graphics provided by the conference office. In addition, the Wounded Warrior project will receive all registrations proceeds from the ACC Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter, held the morning of the Championship Game.
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. The Project hopes to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the service members' needs. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship: The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature the Atlantic Division Champion Florida State against the Coastal Division Champion Georgia Tech. Tickets for the general public are on sale. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.