Tenn. - The athletic administration and student-athletes of Tennessee State
University will participate in the Ohio Valley Conference / SAAC initiative
"Hoops for Heroes".
"Hoops for Heroes" initiative will benefit veterans in the Wounded Warrior
Project (WWP). The WWP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, whose goal
is to help injured service men and women of the US armed forces.
goal of this project is for each OVC school to raise money to send a wounded
military veteran to the OVC basketball championship, Feb. 29 - March 3, so they
can escape everyday life, enjoy a relaxing weekend, and be honored for their
service to our country.
by the TSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), student-athletes will ask
for donations during halftime of the Tennessee Tech doubleheader to raise money
for the cause.
Athletics will sponsor Sgt. Kortney Clemons. Clemons, a native of Little Rock,
Mississippi, served in Iraq and Kosodo.
serving in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in Iraq, Clemons and three other
service members were helping soldiers in an overturned vehicle when enemy
forces detonated an explosive device.
explosion killed the other three service members, but Clemons' life was spared.
As a result of the blast, he lost his right leg above-the-knee.
is now a member of the USA Paralympic Track Team. Clemons was introduced to
Paralympic sport through a Learn to Run Clinic held by U.S. Paralympics at
Brooke Army Medical Center in 2005. After attending the clinic, Clemons went on
to participate in a USOC Paralympic Military Sports Camp and has been training
in track & field ever since.
natural athlete in high school in Little Rock, Miss., Clemons played football,
basketball and baseball, and he played football at East Mississippi Community
College before joining the Army and becoming a combat medic.
learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project click here.
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