(New video posted)
Dolphin football team honors veterans with Wounded Warrior Initiative
By Steve Breazeale
On November 2, when the Dana Hills football team took the field against San Juan Hills in the last game of the season, the Dolphins were wearing a different type of jersey.
Instead of the school’s black and blue home jerseys the team donned custom made camouflaged jerseys with the name of one of 61 sponsored wounded warriors on the back. At the end of the game each player presented their jersey to the veteran they were playing in honor of.
The “Honor the Valor” football game was part of a season-long program dubbed the “Wounded Warrior Initiative,” put in place by head coach Todd Rusinkovich and staff to raise awareness and funds for local veteran support groups and provide the opportunity for student athletes to give back and honor our wounded warriors.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Honor the Valor benefit football game will be distributed to five veteran support groups, which include: Buddy Bowl Football for Charity, Operation Rebound, Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934, American Combat Veterans of War and Canine Companions for Independence.
“These people risked their lives… it’s great to be involved with this wounded warrior initiative and bring awareness to it and at the same time try and give back as much as we can to these people,” Rusinkovich said.
The Dolphins won 28-14.
The event video, by Alan Gibby of Zone57.com.
To donate, log on to www.danahillsfootball.com.