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TSU Athletics join the OVC and SAAC in Hoops for Heroes
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. - The athletic administration and student-athletes of Tennessee State University will participate in the Ohio Valley Conference / SAAC initiative "Hoops for Heroes".

The event will take place this Saturday when the Tigers host Delaware State in the ESPN Sears BracketBusters at 3 p.m.

The "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.

The goal of this project is for each OVC school to raise money to send a wounded military veteran to the OVC basketball championship, March 2-5, so they can escape everyday life, enjoy a relaxing weekend, and be honored for their service to our country.

Headed by the TSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), student-athletes will ask for donations during halftime from each section of the Gentry Center to raise money for the cause.

TSU Athletics will sponsor Sgt. Kevin Downs, a native of Kingston Springs, Tenn. and member of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment.

In 2005, Sgt. Downs and three other members of his crew, all from Tennessee, were attacked in northeastern Iraq. Downs was the only survivor suffering 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 60 percent of his body.

Also in the attack, he lost both legs, his arms were mangled and the severe burns reached his eyes, throat and lungs. At the time he was 20-years old and had only been in Iraq for eight months.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project click here.