Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pocomoke Hockey Team Warriors Support "Wounded Warriors"

Written by
Shawn Nisson
Staff Writer

POCOMOKE — Two Warrior squads will clash on the field this Friday in an effort to support and honor those who have served our country in battle. Easton’s field hockey team will travel to take on Pocomoke, with junior varsity scheduled for a 4 p.m. start with the varsity game following that at 5:30, in a contest where the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

“We wanted to be patriotic,” Susan Pusey, Pocomoke’s head coach said. “We wanted to recognize and honor the military for all that they are doing for our country.”

There will be a baked goods sale to raise funds and the team will also be selling flags with yellow ribbons that will line the fences around the field. Also as a tribute all military personnel will be able to attend the game at no cost.

“We just thought it would be a good thing to do,” Pusey said. “We’re playing Easton, who are the Warriors as well, and we’re just trying to raise some money for the Wounded Warriors Project.”

According to the Wounded Warriors Project website, the groups mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors.” The project hopes to raise awareness and to get the general public involved in helping to aid the needs of injured service members.

Pusey said that she has always tried to instil a sense of gratitude and the need to perform services for others in her student athletes.

“I always try to express to the kids the need to give back,” Pusey said. “We’re trying to build character in these kids to make them realize that people do a lot of things for all of us and we certainly should give back our time and appreciation to our country. Things are not the best now a days and we certainly need to support our military.”

While this is the first event of it’s kind at Pocomoke, the school has been very successful at putting on events like this in the past. Pusey said that success is a testament to the amount of support they get from both the school and the surrounding community.

“It’s a really good thing that our school has been doing,” Pusey said. “It shows a lot about Pocomoke high school and our kids that they’re willing to participate, and the faculty and the administration have been fantastic in supporting these events as well.”

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