Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team Captain to Appear on David Letterman
New York, NY – Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team Captain, BJ Ganem will appear as a featured guest on The David Letterman show on Mon., Jan., 27 2014, prior to Super Bowl XLVIII to call national attention the WWAFT’s upcoming flag football challenge against the FDNY 9/11 First Responders and NFL Alumni.
“BJ is a great leader and wonderful personality promoting our team’s mission on this national stage,” said the WWAFT Director of Communications. “We are super-pleased that David Letterman is honoring our team and allowing us to raise the ‘awareness bar’ for all of our dedicated service members.”
Ganem will also appear alongside Rocky Bleier on Fox & Friends, the NFL Network and the YES network on Wed., Jan. 22, 2014 to promote the WWAFT’s game in Essex County, New Jersey.
BJ Ganem is a former Marine who served honorably in a variety of assignments including a tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Marine Reservist, Ganem was assigned to Gulf Company, 2nd Battation, 24th Marines from Madison, Wisc.; he deployed with Gulf Company in May, 2004 and was struck by an IED in Nov. Various blast injuries compelled the amputation of the lower left portion of leg. Ganem was medically retired from the United States Marine Corp in Oct. 2005 and enjoys being a husband and father in Reedsburg, Wisc.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team will be playing at Codey Arena on Jan. 29, 2014 against a team of NFL Greats and New York and New Jersey 9/11 First Responders. Former New York Giant Phil McConkey (USNA), former New York Jet, Joe Glecko and former Pittsburgh Steeler, Rocky Bleier (U.S. Army) will be team captains for the NFL team.
Game details are below.
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
Essex County Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052
“Essex County Codey Arena is a great venue to host this game against another group of American heroes, “We are proud to welcome the WWAFT, NFL greats and 9-11 first responders to Essex County and thank them for providing this exciting event leading up to the Super Bowl,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “We look forward to an evening of great football and raising awareness about the heroism and sacrifices our military personnel and first responders have made to keep us safe,” he added.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is composed of U.S. military service members living with disabilities after losing limbs while serving in various combat theaters. Joining McConkey, Klecko and Bleier will be NFL Hall-of-Famers Jack Youngblood and Anthony Munoz, Green Bay Packer legend Jerry Kramer, former NY Giant, Jim Burt and Bill Ard, Philadelphia Eagle’s Special Teams Captain, Vince Papale, ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck, former Dolphin’s kicker, Garo Yepremian, Clint Bruce (USNA and former Navy Seal), COL Greg Gadson (who helped inspire the NY Giants to two Super Bowl victories) and more than 30 other former Giants, Jets and NFL stars along with ESPN broadcaster Kenny Mayne, retired baseball star, Darryl Strawberry and WWE Hall-of-Famer, Mick Foley.
Other attractions at the event will be a meet and greet autograph session with the players prior to the game, and a half-time performance by The Village People and Hall-of-Fame memorabilia and raffle prizes.
Tickets are available at the Essex County Codey Arena Box Office only. Adults cost $20, students (13-17) are $10 and kids under twelve will be admitted at no charge. Every entrant must have a ticket.
For more information on the Jan. 29, 2014 tribute, including media or sponsorship inquiries, or donations, please visit www.wwaft.org.