Players have launched an exclusive line of military-themed products to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
04/19/2010 4:40 PM ET
Players support Wounded Warriors
Project provides services to wounded servicemen and women
The unique apparel line of men and women's camouflage and army green T-shirts, baseball hats and army style hats are made by licensee Activa Global Sports & Entertainment and feature the names, numbers and facsimile signatures of 26 top players.
The merchandise is on sale exclusively at approximately 1,500 Walmart locations. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each item will be contributed directly to the Wounded Warrior Project in support of its ongoing efforts to provide programs and services to thousands of wounded servicemen and women.
"On behalf of the players participating in this program, and all Major Leaguers, in general, it's an honor to help raise funds and awareness of our wounded warriors by supporting the Wounded Warrior Project," said Johnny Damon, who serves as a national spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Thousands of brave young men and women put their lives on the line every day for each and every one of us, and this program gives us an opportunity to show our gratitude. I also would like to thank Activa Global Sports & Entertainment for joining us in support of such a worthy cause."
More than 37,000 of our nation's armed forces have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post traumatic stress disorder, major depression and traumatic brain injury.
WWP assists wounded warriors and their families through a holistic approach to their recovery, providing programs and services to aid their physical rehabilitation and improve their mental health and well-being. Whether through caregiver retreats, combat stress programs, career and education services or adaptive sporting opportunities, WWP empowers warriors with the tools essential to not just survive their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.
"Thanks to Major League baseball players, the MLBPA, the Players Trust, Activa Global Sports & Entertainment and the American public, who believe in our mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors, we are able to further enhance our unique programs and services for the wounded and their families," Wounded Warrior Project Executive Director, Steve Nardizzi said. "Their vital support will help ensure that this generation of warriors will not be forgotten."
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Players participating in the program: Lance Berkman, Houston; Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox; Johnny Damon, Detroit: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee; Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego; Zack Greinke, Kansas City; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia; Josh Hamilton, Dallas/Ft. Worth; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia; Torii Hunter, Anaheim [Los Angeles]; Derek Jeter, New York Yankees; Chipper Jones, Atlanta; Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco; Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; Nick Markakis, Baltimore; Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Dustin Pedroia, Boston; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles; Jose Reyes, New York Mets; Grady Sizemore, Cleveland; Chase Utley, Philadelphia; David Wright, New York Mets; Kevin Youkilis, Boston; Ryan Zimmerman, Washington, D.C.