The injured service members move onto the playing field. The announcer introduces them. The crowd erupts in cheers. It’s a scene that has played out across the country this fall as the NCAA encourages all universities and colleges to recognize injured service members during their athletic events.
In Washington, D.C., YRF’s Mentoring Program director, Bob Talbot, arranged for several of the injured from Walter Reed to be named honorary captains at each of four Catholic University home games. Honored as heroes by more than a thousand of their peers, wounded warriors from Walter Reed performed the pre-game coin toss in the photo above: L-R: Army Sergeant Evan Cole, Marine Sergeant John Patterson, Army Sergeant Matt White, and Marine Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira.