April 11, 2012

By: Bianca Pomponio, Sports Marketing Academy Intern

Senior Courtney Voss, a member of the Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team, has recently joined efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. The organization started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.  Voss plans on using various fundraising opportunities have a speaker come to Miami to talk about her relationship to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Cindy Parsons will share her story about the Wounded Warrior Project in 102 Benton Hall on Wednesday, April 11 at 8:30 pm.  Parsons is a full-time caregiver of her son who suffered severe brain damage and had to have both legs removed above the knee while serving the United States.

The fundraising opportunities that Voss is involved in include Wounded Warrior Project bands, 3x3 stickers, a letter campaign, as well as a car wash. The bands and stickers are on sale for $1.00, and are meant to not only raise money for the organization but to spread awareness throughout the campus.  The letter campaign consists of brochures that explain the organization and also have an envelope and form included for people to donate money to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Synchronized skaters and Sigma Pi Fraternity are helping Voss fill out and mail the brochures.

To contribute to the project, attend the speaker and purchase a Wounded Warrior Project band or sticker.  Contact Courtney Voss at vossca@muohio.edu if you would like any other information.