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PUNTS FOR A PURPOSE

Baltimore Ravens Punter, Sam Koch, to announce his support for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team’s “PUNTS FOR A PURPOSE” Campaign

Baltimore, Maryland – Punter Sam Koch of the Baltimore Ravens leads the way as the first NFL punter to support the ‘Punts for a Purpose’ campaign which supports the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT.org).

“It is such a privilege for me and my family to support these Wounded Warrior Amputees and to help honor and recognize these true American heroes who have sacrificed greatly while serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Sam Koch, Baltimore Raven’s Punter.  “We are hopeful that our ‘Punts For a Purpose’ campaign will bring much deserved recognition for their service and sacrifice, as well as to celebrate their amazing positive attitude.  These men and women of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team are, indeed, America’s true heroes!”

This “Punts for a Purpose” campaign partners NFL punters with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team in collaboration to raise awareness for our wounded warriors.  Additionally, it provides a great incentive for every NFL fan and Special Teams Coach in the NFL to root for their home team punter’s success.  For every punt downed inside the 20 yard line this season, the participating punters will donate $100 to this terrific cause.  Sam Koch is a great punter to “kick off” this campaign as he has averaged over 30 punts inside the 20 yard line since his professional career began.  In 2010, Koch led the NFL with punts downed inside the 10 yard line.  Every Ravens Special Teams player can help the WWAFT by getting downfield to help ensure Koch’s punts all stay inside the 20 yard leading to a sizeable WWAFT donation and support for America’s true heroes.

“This is just a fabulous way to raise awareness for our troops and support for our injured service members,” notes the WWAFT Director of Communications. “Sam is a true patriot who really understands the sacrifices our service members have made.  We are fortunate to have him lead this initiative.”

The Baltimore Ravens and Sam Koch will host WWAFT star, former Marine Corp. Jeremy Stengel on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:30 at the Under Armour Performance Center (Ravens practice facility).  Stengel served proudly as a Marine before losing his leg in the Anbar Province, Iraq on Jan. 31, 2007.  He continues to support his fellow service members and is an active WWAFT player.  Stengel will compete again on Jan. 29, 2014 at the Super Bowl versus the “NFL and New York Giant Legends” and the FDNY 9-11 First Responders.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is composed of U.S. military service members, both men and women, living with disabilities after losing limbs while serving their country in various combat theatres.  The WWAFT team travels throughout the country to play against former NFL stars and legends.  Visit the webpage after the New Year to see the 2014 schedule.

For more information on the Dec. 6, 2013 event, please contact the Baltimore Raven’s Senior Vice President/  Public andCommunity Relations, Kevin Byrne at 410.701.4023 or Kevin.byrne@ravens.nfl.net.

 

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