Report From Philadelphia Soul
PHILADELPHIA (June 18, 2014) – The Philadelphia Soul and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team are pleased to announce that former Eagles Brian Westbrook, Ike Reese, AJ Feeley and more than 25 other Eagles and NFL stars will participate in a “Tribute To Heroes” Flag Football Challenge presented by Military Benefit Association and Zimmer Tri-State on Monday, July 7, 2014. This tribute and flag football game will take at the Wells Fargo Center prior to the Soul vs. Orlando Predators game as part of Military Appreciation Night. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the “Tribute To Heroes” game set to begin at 6 p.m. The Soul game will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team’s (WWAFT) mission is to raise awareness and support for our wounded warriors and their families. The team is made up of service members who have served and are now using a prosthetic device to engage in everyday life activities. By showcasing our team on the football field, the WWAFT seeks to inspire and highlight the perseverance of our service members (both active and former) who continue to face life’s challenges without excuses. The WWAFT currently stands at 7-0 versus the NFL Alumni, having defeating these alumni at the last three Super Bowl contests as well as contests in Green Bay, Washington, DC, Tampa and Atlanta.
The Eagles and NFL Alumni team will be coached by Soul owner, former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst, Ron Jaworski. Also scheduled to participate in the game are: ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Vince Papale, Mike Mamula, Mike Mayock, Joe Pisarcik, Garry Cobb, Bill Bergey, Thomas Tapeh, Gerry Feehery, Kevin Reilly, Lee Woodall, Ken Dunek, Bruce Laird, Jack Dolbin, Chris Draft, Dave Vobora and Kyle Eckel. Three time Super Bowl NFL Referee Bob McElwee will officiate the game. Alumni and Media are being added every day, so stay tuned to PhiladelphiaSoul.com/wwaft as more alumni are added to the rosters.
“I am truly honored and humbled to join Ron Jaworski, Sal Paolantonio and my fellow NFL and Eagles Alumni in this game,” said Brian Westbrook. I hope every Eagles fan and every fan of the men and women in the United States Military will come out and see us play.”
“The entire night will be designed to honor the brave men and women who are or who have served our country and protected the freedom we enjoy and too often too many people take for granted every day,” said Ron Jaworski. “It’s important to show these heroes that we support them and that their sacrifices do not go unnoticed.”
“After seven games watching the WWAFT in action, I can guarantee that if you come to the Wells Fargo Center on July 7, it will be an emotional experience you will never forget,” said Antero Sports owner Chris Visser. “The guys on our team are the definition of “Hero” and we appreciate the star power our NFL alumni and the media provides to continue to raise money and awareness for our heroes that have been wounded in battle.”
For more information and for tickets and special packages for this event, go towww.philadelphiasoul.com/wwaft. Proceeds from tickets and special packages purchased on this page will go to the Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team. Special packages include business packages and individual packages where the same number of tickets you purchase will be donated to active and veteran military members and their families (available to the first 5000) as well as a special meet and greet session with the NFL Alumni.
If you are a military organization and are interested in securing tickets for your members, please contact Marc Leonard, WWAFT Executive Director, atMarc.Leonard@wwaft.org or by calling 413-885-7522.
What: Wounded warrior Amputees vs Eagles & NFL Alumni Tribute to Heroes Flag Football Challenge
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Gates Open at 5:30 for Pre-Game Ceremonies
Who: Wounded Warrior Amputees & NFL Stars (bring your camera)
Why: To Honor America’s Heroes as Only a Patriotic Philadelphia Can Do (on this 4th of July Weekend)