Greyhound Gauntlet raises funds
Moravian College’s athletics department has raised more than $1,600 for the Wounded Warrior Project through two recent fundraising events.
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded to raise awareness and enlist public aid to help injured service members through unique, direct aid programs and services. Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been involved in two wars which have resulted in the death and wounding of thousands of men and women in our Armed Forces. As of August 1, 2012, there have been 6,546 deaths, 49,251 wounded, an estimated 320,000 traumatic brain injuries and an estimated 400,000 post traumatic stress disorder injuries (figures from the WWP).
Program sales and donations made at the Moravian-Muhlenberg football game on November 10 totaled $970. This final home football game of the 2012 season included a halftime tribute by the Moravian College Marching Band playing all five service anthems.
Moravian raised another $700 by hosting the Greyhound Gauntlet Fitness Run on Friday, November 16. More than 100 students, faculty and staff members took part in the event, which featured obstacles around campus and tested each participant's physical and mental strength with challenges in the performance center, the ARC (indoor facility), the field hockey field, the sand pit and running a route around the north campus. Challenges included running, burpees, jumping jacks, lunges, hurdles (jumping over and crawling under), Army crawl in the sand pit (volleyball court behind Bernhardt dorm).
The idea for the gauntlet was a team effort involving several members of the athletics department, says Sara Steinman, assistant women’s basketball coach. “When I found out Bob Ward (head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director) was planning an event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, I suggested the idea of a fitness run to raise additional funds,” she explains. Spencer Brown, fitness center director, had previous experience with such an event and has family and friends who have served in the military.
"I was just grateful to be in a position to be a part of something to help support the men and women who have paid a dear price to protect us," says Brown. "It was a great opportunity for Moravian to show their gratitude."
Forty volunteers, including ROTC members, helped organize and run the event. Watch a video here.
“I am passionate about supporting our military, especially those who have been injured in the line of duty,” says Steinman. “The Wounded Warrior Project is an excellent organization that helps fund those soldiers in need. I saw this as an opportunity to get the Moravian community involved in supporting a good cause.”
The following participants were winners in their various categories: female faculty/staff: Brienne Smith, women’s soccer coach; male faculty/staff: Nick Smull, athletic trainer; female student: Dior George ’15, softball player; and Justin Pilchman ’15, baseball player.