Game hosted in conjunction with New Balance cleat campaign supporting military families
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (June 13, 2018) – On Monday, Hope For The Warriors hosted an intra-squad baseball game at West Springfield High School in memory of U.S. Army Major Paul Voelke, whose 14 year-old son AJ, is a member of the team.
Out of the 23 players on the roster, 10 are military children and three of the five coaches served in the U.S. military.
Prior to the start of the game, Hope For The Warriors, surprised the entire team by presenting them with military-inspired New Balance cleats. In addition, Marine veteran and Hope For The Warriors COO Chris Sharon shared a message of respect and encouragement, while recognizing the sacrifices made by military families and thanking the community for its support.
“Tonight, we’re going to play a game in honor of Major Paul Voelke,” said Sharon, addressing the West Springfield JV baseball team Monday night. “Family and a community can take a loss and turn it into a victory.”
Celebrating 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness and sports and recreation.
As an added surprise, the Voelke family received autographed cleats from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
“This night means a lot to me,” said AJ Voelke. “Especially because Hope For The Warriors came and gave us all these New Balance cleats. More importantly, my teammates were all playing for my dad and recognizing him, it really means a lot for them to keep him in their minds.”
In addition to honoring Major Paul Voelke and military kids everywhere, the game was hosted in conjunction with New Balance’s cleat campaign benefiting Hope For The Warriors. Now through July 4, New Balance will donate 10 percent of the proceeds of each NB1 3000v3 Cleat with Camo Plate sold on newbalance.com.
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About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.