March 1, 2008

Notre Dame will honor the men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world as part of the Wounded Warrior Project at the regular-season finale against St. John’s on Wednesday night (March 5).

“Notre Dame is proud to recognize the Wounded Warrior Project and the severely injured soldiers the project represents,” Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White says.

This year Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose motto is “The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten,” partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), to raise awareness in the collegiate community.

Wounded Warrior Mark Mix will be honored at the game. Mark is a medically retired Navy veteran who has suffered a sever spinal cord injury (SCI).

“While stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation’s military personnel participated in sports during their downtime and even after severe injury, wounded service members continue to use athletic endeavors as a tool in their rehabilitation,” said John Melia, Founder and Executive Director of WWP. “I am confident this relationship will be rewarding and lasting for the Wounded Warrior Project.”

The game will be televised live from Joyce Center at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN Regional. Wounded Warrior Project Public Service Announcements also will be played throughout the game.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 41st year, is the professional and educational association for more that 6,100 collegiate athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More that 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers nine professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director. For more information, visit

About the Wounded Warrior Project: The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization aimed at assisting those men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world. Beginning at the bedside of the severely wounded WWP provides programs and services designated to ease the burdens of these heroes and their families, aid in the recovery process and smooth the transition back to civilian life. For more information, please call (540) 342-0032 or visit