CURRENT VETERANS TY CAMPBELL (U.S. COAST GUARD) AND KEYLA GAMMARANO (U.S. ARMY) HONORED FOR ENORMOUS SACRIFICES
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (September 8, 2011) – Pace University will host our nation’s wounded heroes during its football game against Stonehill College in Pleasantville, NY on Saturday, September 10 at 1 pm.
In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Pace has invited two wounded warriors to serve as honorary captains for the day as well as take part in the pre-game coin toss.
“It is truly an honor to host two of our finest that have served our country and were wounded overseas,” commented Pace Director of Athletics Mark Brown. “As we reflect on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, their service and sacrifice to our country is a testament to the strength of our democracy.”
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower these wounded warriors and make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation’s history. Wounded Warriors Ty Campbell from the U.S. Coast Guard and Keyla Gammarano from the U.S. Army will be honored at the Pace-Stonehill football game.
Ty Campbell served with the U.S. Coast Guard for 11 years. On board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba stationed in Boston, MA, he was certified as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. After a short time within this field, the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred and he was sent to New York to conduct Anti-Terrorism operations which began his new career path. From there, he was sent to San Diego, CA, to start up the Sea Marshal branch. Eventually, he was transferred to Maritime Safety and Security Team LA/ LB (91103) in San Pedro, CA. There he gained the knowledge and experience in Anti-Terrorism and Counter-Narcotic Operations that helped him become the Team Leader for the Force Protection Team at Maritime Safety and Security Team New York (91106) in the summer of 2006. He conducted numerous Anti-Terrorism operations as well as Counter-Narcotic operations around the world. Up until his injury, he was certified in the following fields: Federal Law Enforcement Officer/ Instructor, Radiation Detection Operator/ Instructor, Combat Medic/EMT, Non-compliant Boarding Officer Team Leader, Vertical Insertion, and Close Quarters Combat.
Keyla Gammarano served with the U.S. Army as a Major Nurse Officer. In 2004, she deployed to Iraq with the 31 CSH, Combat Support Hospital. She also worked in the Iba Sina Hospital in Bagdad, Iraq, which used to be Saddam Hussein’s own private hospital. She was in charge of the detainee/prisoners of war. Major Gammarano’s duties were to ensure that the prisoners were medically taking care of and to protect their safety. She supervised the Military Police assigned to the unit as well as the nursing staff. Her major accomplishment was to reunite wounded children prisoners housed in the unit with their displaced families.
“Wounded warriors are models of service and dedication, and being publicly recognized for their sacrifices at events like this can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “Our hope is that these warriors also inspire the teams and fans around the country as they share their stories of recovery and resiliency.”
Over 44,000 service members have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Wounded Warrior Project Public Service Announcements will also be played throughout the game.
About the Wounded Warrior Project: The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org
About the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA): NACDA, now in its 47th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com
About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference with 20 varsity sports teams. The Pace Athletics Department had 51% of its athletes in the Spring 2011 semester post a 3.0 GPA or higher to earn Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Six student athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester as Pace ranked seventh out of 16 institutions in the NE-10.
About Pace University: For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu