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JUL 2018

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July 2018 22 to produce better American citizens through their involvement and work within JROTC." Also held in Greene County, Ohio, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball event was hosted in the Ron Nischwitz Baseball Stadium at Wright State University the past two years and will return this October. According to event organizer Scott Kuhnen, the event has resulted in donations in excess of $28,000 that have been awarded to Fisher-Nightingale Houses at both Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton VA Medical Center; Honor Flight Dayton, a service that transports veterans to national memorials in Washington D.C.; and a local child amputee who used the funds to attend Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kid's Camp. This year, the event plans to add Combat Outpost Robinson as a beneficiary, a Dayton-area 501(c)(3) addressing the serious issue of veteran/military suicides. Hail to the Heroes Awards Belk Bowl Tickets In 2014, the Charlotte Sports Foundation initiated its Hail to the Heroes program to honor the military and local heroes such as first responders and teachers. According to Jason Lowman, director of ticket sales with the Charlotte Sports Foundation, local businesses step up each year to pay for tickets and send honorees to the Belk Bowl held annually in December. "When we team up with the local sponsors for these packages, we find it a great way to say thank you to those groups for all that they do in and around not only our community but our society as a whole," Lowman said. "We've been able to send hundreds of military person- nel, teachers and first responders each year to the Belk Bowl." The program is still in its infancy, ac- cording to Lowman, with plenty of room to grow as more partners come forward to participate. "Each year, we hope to grow the program from a participation stand- point," he said. "We are always looking for businesses and groups that are inter- ested in sending our military, teachers and first responders to the Belk Bowl." n t SPECIAL Feature Greene County, Ohio is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, one of the largest military bases in the country. As a military community we are so proud to welcome our soldiers and veterans as they participate in some of the special events that are held in Greene County. Contact Allen Stebelton, Sales Manager 937-426-6770 g r e e n e c o u n t y o h i o . o r g "The benefits gained by a top drill program make these people better in all aspects of their life, learning the benefits of hard work, sacrifice, leadership and dozens of other traits that will make them better parents, workers and citizens." '' —Justin Gates, competition director, Sports Network International

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