ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 3, 2014) Tropicana Casino & Resort will be rolling out the red carpet for over twenty wounded warfighters and their caretakers on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 as they arrive for a complimentary three day stay while participating in an itinerary of local events in their honor.
It’s all part of the exciting announcement that Atlantic County will be home to the South Jersey chapter of Disabled Sports USA, Warfighter Sports. Warfighter Sports is a division of Disabled Sports USA, an organization that aids the most severely injured warriors by involving them in adaptive sports. They serve severely injured military, both active duty and veterans, with a permanent physical disability such as amputation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments and significant nerve and muscle damage.
“We are excited to continue to support such a great organization and such a wonderful cause. Each opportunity we share with the Wounded Warriors is an eye-opener to just how much service members sacrifice when serving our country,” says Steve Callender, General Manager of the Tropicana Casino & Resort. “These veterans are an inspiration to us all.”
The Southern New Jersey Chapter of Disabled Sports USA, located at Mays Landing Country Club, will provide the wounded warfighters a facility to learn to golf and reintegrate them into society through the community. Funds that the non-profit organization raises will be used to provide adaptive equipment, individualized instruction and to create the golf program and events completely free of charge to the warfighter and their caregiver. The Disabled Sports USA motto is, “If I can do this, I can do anything!”
The newly formed Atlantic County chapter is chaired by Ed Afanador, an Egg Harbor Township local who recently won the NJ Governor’s Jefferson Award for Volunteer Leadership. Ed is also a peer mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project and a Board Member of Canine Partners for Life.
“My life and those of many of my comrades has been positively changed by my association with Warfighter Sports,” explains Afanador who has service related injuries as a result of his post-9/11 deployment to the World Trade Center area.
“With the community support, participation of veterans organizations and patriotic partners such as Tropicana Resort and Casino, Shop-Rite and Mays Landing Country Club we have the opportunity to show these American heroes that we still support them and are grateful for their service and sacrifice,”
Boogie Nights at Tropicana- Wednesday, September, 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to put their dancing shoes on and mingle with the wounded veterans at an informal ‘welcome reception’ and fundraiser September 24th at 7 p.m at Boogie Nights located at Tropicana. Hors d’oeuvres and drink specials will be included with a $20 donation to Warfighter Sports at the door.
Mays Landing Country Club- Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6 p.m.
The following evening, Thursday, September 26th Mays Landing Country Club will be the location of a semi-formal dinner and fundraising event featuring motivational speaker, author and founder of Seal Team 6 Richard Marcinko. Marcinko will be autographing books while on site. Tickets include a three course dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment and are $125 per person.
Mays Landing Country Club- Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8 a.m.
The grand finale of the week’s events will be the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing September 26th at Mays Landing Country Club with a 7 a.m. breakfast buffet and 8 a.m. shotgun start. This event is particularly significant as the late April Kauffman was instrumental in lobbying for veteran health care reform and was an integral part of the wounded warrior organization. Several service dogs will be accompanying their warriors on the golf course for the 1st Annual April C. Kauffman Golf Outing, September 26, 2014.
Tickets for the golf tournament include a round of golf and an awards luncheon and are $125 per person.
New! All Access Pass: Purchase a ticket to all three events for just $225. For tickets to any of the above events, call John Rush at (609) 226-6839 or (609) 601-6082
About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence, and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 6,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org. About Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was formed by several veterans and friends. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. For additional information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Tropicana Entertainment
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (“Tropicana Entertainment”) owns and operates 8 casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey. In addition, the Company owns a development property in Aruba. Tropicana Entertainment properties collectively have 5,750 rooms, 8,300 slot positions and 240 table games.