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Tribute-to-Heroes’ Flag Football Challenge

Hall-of-Fame Gator Jack Youngblood Joins Mike Alstott, Brad Culpepper & NFL Alumni in a ‘Tribute-to-Heroes’ Flag Football Challenge versus the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team

Tampa, Fla. – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team will take on NFL and Tampa Bay Buccaneer legends at Tampa’s H.B. Plant High School on Wed., May 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.  Led by Tampa’s own, WWAFT MVP Brian Urruela (US Army ret), the WWAFT brings an undefeated (6-0) record to Tampa and is looking forward to the challenge of facing NFL Hall of Famer and former Florida Gator, Jack Youngblood, Mike Alstott, Brad Culpepper and their fellow NFL Alumni teammates.

“Some people commend me for playing in a Super Bowl on a broken leg,” said Jack Youngblood.  “Come on; these men, these Wounded Warrior Amputees; they are the real heroes.  To be part of this Memorial Week tribute to help honor a fellow Gator’s late husband, who lost his life serving our country, I told them ‘I’m in’ as soon as I was asked to participate in this game.  I hope every Gator fan in Tampa will come out to join me for this tribute.”

The WWAFT is composed of U.S. military service members living with disabilities after losing limbs while serving their country in various combat theaters.  The team is undefeated and is excited about their first game in the MacDill Air Force Base community. The first 1000 military personnel to attend this game will be admitted at no charge as guests of the game’s sponsors.

“All of us with the WWAFT are extremely appreciative that Jack, Mike and Brad and their NFL brethren will join us for this ‘Game of Honor’ just before Memorial Day. They are all true patriots and I know the Tampa community will support them!” said the Director of Communications, WWAFT.  “Additionally, we are honored to be playing this game for Major David Taylor’s family.  Major Taylor was killed in action in Baghdad in 2006 in the same IED attack which injured Sgt Urruela.  David’s wife, a former University of Florida sportswriter, Michelle Taylor and their son, Jake (who was four months old when his father was killed), will be honored at this game, along with the Gold Star Wives and Blue Star Mothers.”

The WWAFT is very appreciative of the support from Humana Military; the most trusted name in government health care solutions, which continues to support TRICARE in the southeast region of the United States.

Additionally, the Military Benefit Association (MBA) is supporting this event.  Since 1956, MBA has been a not-for-profit organization that gives back to service members.  Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, MBA has paid out over 27 million dollars to the 172 MBA members who lost their lives fighting for our country.

All proceeds from this tribute will go to support an education fund established for Jacob Taylor and to help fund the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team’s service disability outreach initiatives.

Tickets are available at www.wwaft.org or at the H.B. Plant High School box office located at 2415 S. Himes Avenue, Tampa Fla., on game day.  Children eight and under are free, students nine to 17 are five dollars and adult tickets are ten dollars. Ticket information is available by calling 703.923.3000.

For more information on this event and tribute, including media opportunities. sponsorship inquiries, or donations, please visit www.wwaft.org .

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