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Dana Hills players present their custom jerseys to military veterans during last year's Honor the Valor football game. Courtesy photo
Dana Hills players present their custom jerseys to military veterans during last year’s Honor the Valor football game. Courtesy photo

By Steve Breazeale

Tonight’s game between Dana Hills and San Juan Hills will mark the third time the Dolphins team and boosters host their Honor the Valor benefit game. Every year, the team invites military veterans to take part in pre-game ceremonies, which include guest speakers and dinner.

In years past, veterans spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom have been in attendance. This year, 63 veterans were scheduled to be on hand for the game.

The Dolphins players also don special custom made jerseys with the name of a veteran on the back replacing their own. At the end of the game, each Dolphins player will present the jersey to their respective veteran.

The Dolphins 12th Man Club, a booster organization, raised funds all year long and will present the proceeds to several local veteran groups, including: Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934, Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee. The Honor the Valor initiative has raised over $60,000 in two years.

The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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