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Dec. 4, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor America by recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces during the 2010 ACC Dr Pepper Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 4, 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 Todd Butcher, alongside Harvey Gantt and Hugh McColl of the Charlotte Local Organizing Committee.
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.
Butcher is a retired guardsman who left service as a Sergeant First Class in the North Carolina National Guard Engineer company. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 and again in 2005-2006 and is a Gulf War veteran as well. He is currently a Paramedic in Surry County. He is a recipient of the N.C Combat Action Badge
This marks the sixth 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 2010 ACC Baseball Championships.
In addition to the Wounded Warriors who will participate in the coin toss, Dr Pepper has sponsored a group of wounded veterans of the United States Armed Forces that will be recognized for their service to America.
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 Nicole Henry, a University of Miami graduate and an America jazz and R&B singer. 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.
Henry, who performed the national anthem at the 2010 Orange Bowl, will also perform on Friday, December 3 at the ACC Night of Legends.
2010 ACC Football Championship Game The 2010 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 4, at 7:45 pm at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Florida State against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league's official website theACC.com.