UWF baseball to host Wounded Warrior Project game this Sunday; proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The West Florida baseball team's season-long drive to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project has been leading up to this Sunday, April 21. The Argonauts will host their annual military appreciation game, and final regular-season game, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jim Spooner Field against the Shorter University Hawks from Rome, Ga. Admission will be free, and fans are encouraged to make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of tickets.
Starting with the team's season opener on Feb. 2, the Argonauts have been raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project at every home game this season. The Wounded Warrior Project's vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. The organization's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. For more information, visit www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Free hats and T-shirts will be available at the game thanks to Pen Air Federal Credit Union and Whataburger, and UWF also will host a free cookout for all fans. All military personnel past or present can show their military ID and receive a $5 gift card to Pita Pit.
There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids, as an inflatable bounce house will be available during the game. Children will be able to run the bases after the game and meet the players, and they can also help chasing foul balls during the game and return them for candy.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Robert Griffiths, who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 12, 2001. Griffiths served with the 2nd Marine Division from 2002-06 and was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II with Task Force Tarawa and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was severely injured on Jan. 27, 2005, in Babil Province in Iraq.
After a year of recovery and rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas, Griffiths moved to Milton, Fla. Currently he is working on his graduate degree at UWF in political science, and he serves as a transition coach in the Veterans Affairs Office. Griffiths also coaches his son's youth baseball team.
Fans are asked to arrive early to help honor the UWF baseball senior class in its final home game. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.