WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall Preparatory School has always had a strong mission of being devoted to public service. On Wednesday, members of the Prep’s student body will take that mission to a new level.
The Wounded Warrior Project Club, along with the varsity football team, have partnered with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and the 9/11 First Responders to present the “Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Challenge” at Codey Arena.
Beginning with a presentation from several wounded warriors, members of the Seton Hall Prep community will embark on a service day devoted to our nation’s veterans.
“The kids have been very receptive,” club advisor Dave Giarrusso said. “Being at a Catholic school, not a lot of them have family members who do serve, but we’ve been amazed with the connections and the branding of the Wounded Warrior Project has helped too.
According to Giarrusso, members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team will be on hand at Seton Hall Prep to speak with the student body about their experiences serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Following the presentation, the Wounded Warrior Project Club, along with SHP’s Fathers Club, will be hosting a letter-writing campaign to members of the military who are oversees.
For the game itself, the Prep will be sending over 200 students to watch and be a part of the event. Ranging from on-field assistance to ticket-takers, Seton Hall Prep will be well represented at the game.
“We have three groups that will be participating,” Seton Hall Prep’s Assistant Headmaster Mike Gallo said. “Group one will be the football players that will be on the field, running drills, helping get the footballs. Group two will be the 30 volunteers who will be selling raffles, being ushers and collecting tickets. The third group will be the spectators.”
More than 20 percent of the Seton Hall Prep student body will be on hand for Wednesday’s game. While the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Club donated tickets to the school, each student in attendance has made a $10 donation to the cause.
According to Giarrusso, all the donations will be “split between the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and the 9/11 First Responders.”