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Dec. 1, 2011
Charlotte, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2011 ACC Dr Pepper Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
There will be a ceremonial coin toss at midfield featuring two veterans who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project, Hugh Conlon and Joey Foley, alongside honorary captains Harvey Gantt, Hugh McColl and former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. Conlon is a retired Army Medic who left service as a Sergeant First Class (E7), with combat tours in Panama '90 (Combat Jump with the 82nd Airborne), Desert Shield / Storm '91 (also with the 82nd Airborne) and OIF Iraq '07 as an Advisor on an 11-man Transition Team to Iraq Security Forces. He has also served within Combat: 82nd Airborne, 101st and Multi-National Security and Transition Command - Iraq and has received awards that include Combat Assault device for Parachutist badge, Combat Medical Badge, and Bronze Star.
Foley served more than seven years in the Army as an 11B Infantryman. He completed two tours to Iraq in 2003 and 2005 with the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Benning, Georgia. The last unit he served with was Bravo Company 1/29th Infantry Regiment as a Bradley Section Leader. Currently, he is a golf course superintendent at The Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin, N.C.
This marks the seventh year that the ACC and the Wounded Warrior Project have combined forces for the coin toss at the league's annual Football Championship game. In fact, the Wounded Warrior Project has been a part of every ACC Football Championship Game. In addition, the ACC and Wounded Warrior Project teamed up for a ceremonial first pitch at the 2011 ACC Baseball Championship and were honored at both the 2011 ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
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.
In addition to the ceremonial coin toss, a full, field-length American Flag will be displayed for a national anthem performance by Marlee Scott, a Nashville recording artist. The flag will be held by Eagle Scouts from the Charlotte, N.C. area while the Boy Scouts of America Troop 118 will have the honor of presenting our nations colors. The colors will be presented by the 81st Army Color Guard who will present the flags of the United States, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
About the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game: The 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 3, at 8 p.m. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Clemson against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. Tickets for the game are sold out. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league’s official website at www.theACC.com or www.ACCFootballCharlotte.com. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN 3-D. The official Twitter hashtag for the event is #ACCfcg