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Team of Students Raise $1,015 for Wounded Warrior Project

Posted May. 13, 2013

 By Caitlin Boozer 

Students raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project As part of the Communication in Small Groups and Teams course.

The Communication in Small Groups and Teams class led by Professor Rebecca Cline in the Spring semester of 2013 produced projects in teams, which came to fruition throughout the semester. Dr. Rebecca Cline explained that this class, and this project specifically, seeks to give students real-world experience in developing and organizing a large-scale project. This also gives the students an opportunity to “learn about themselves.”

On April 19, 2013, Team Civilians for Warriors set up a Warrior’s Challenge obstacle course event on Kent State University’s May 4th Memorial Field, where the participant teams took to the field to participate in relays, tug-of-war challenges and a memory game. Team Civilians for Warriors has made it their mission to raise funds for the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP), an organization that facilitates the recovery of those who experienced a physical injury or mental illness as a result of their service to the country.  WWP seeks to help both veterans and their families through the recovery process. 

WWP’s mission statement is to honor and empower wounded warriors, and to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in American history. The organization exists to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members and help these veterans aid and assist each other. WWP programs include medical care for both mental and physical injury, employment and higher education opportunities, and an opportunity for engagement at local and national government levels, to name a few.

Team Civilians for Warriors consisted of seven communication studies students: Cortney Warner, director of business relations; Erin Duffy, advertising coordinator; Gwen Gill, event coordinator; Larry Luo, international relations/promotions; Lauren McGuigan, team coordinator; Jay Wigginton, veteran/armed Forces communication; and Dan Wilgus, accountant. The students raised $1,015 toward their cause through donations from from campus and community members and a post-event raffle, which was supported by many local businesses.

As a class, Team Civilians for Warriors and three additional teams raised $4,667 to distribute to Stewart's Caring Place, the Backpacks for Kids Program at the Cleveland Foodbank, the Providence House in Cleveland and the Wounded Warriors Project.