NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterans Advantage, PBC will host the fifth annual Heroes Meet Heroes, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), as U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their family members meet world class competitors representing the New York Athletic Club (NYAC), which brought home a record 23 medals from the Rio Olympic games.
American heroes from the U.S. military and sports communities – sharing the common traits of strength, resilience, and commitment to excellence – will be recognized in the club's iconic Trophy Room, surrounded by awards won by the NYAC's athletes. Donna de Varona, a two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and recipient of the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic movement, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.
"Each year the energy in the room has been tremendous as we mark the Veterans Day weekend and offer our heartfelt thanks to those who served our country and their families," said de Varona. "We expect the 2016 event to be particularly memorable, as the NYAC Olympians have just returned from Rio with a record-setting performance."
Guests from the veterans' community – ranging from VIPs, active duty military, and Veterans Advantage members – will be greeted by Scott Higgins, Veterans Advantage co-founder, CEO and a Vietnam War Army Lieutenant. Paul Bucha, Medal of Honor recipient, West Point Graduate, and Veterans Advantage Advisory Board Member is a guest speaker.
Cedric Jones, Athletic Director of the NYAC, former Duke University and NFL star is the special Guest of Honor.
"We are delighted to be once again partnering with the New York Athletic Club to recognize the unique spirit of service shared by our military and their athletes," said Lin Higgins, co-founder, and COO of Veterans Advantage, who conceived of Heroes Meet Heroes as part of Veterans Week NYC. "Their world-class talent are a source of inspiration for all Americans, and we are grateful that Northrop Grumman has stepped up to sponsor this event to provide a wonderful opportunity for these special Americans to meet each other."
Support for "Heroes Meet Heroes" is provided by Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Other Veterans Advantage partners supporting Veterans Week NYC events include Verizon Fios, Avis Budget Group, 1800Flowers, TOMS and IMAX.
The New York Athletic Club is located at 180 Central Park South, New York City. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trophy Room and is open to all registered guests, including military members, veterans, military family members and those enrolled in Veterans Advantage. Jeans and sneakers are prohibited. Guests are requested to enter the 58th Street entrance.
For more information and to register for the event, visit VeteransAdvantage.com/Heroes.
About The New York Athletic Club:
The New York Athletic Club is located at the south end of Central Park at 7th Avenue. Established in 1868 by three Civil War veterans, the NYAC is the founder of amateur athletics in the United States and has produced top competitors in wrestling, judo, rowing, fencing, water polo and track and field among other sports. NYAC athletes have claimed 271 medals in Olympic competition, 151 of which have been gold. Olympic athletes in Rio affiliated with the New York Athletic Club won 23 medals, including 20 gold, the most ever for the city institution.
About Northrop Grumman Corporation:
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
About Veterans Advantage, PBC:
Veterans Advantage is a registered public benefit company that advocates for greater respect, recognition and rewards for veterans, active and retired military, guardsmen, reservists and their families. Veteran founded and led, Veterans Advantage partners with national retailers, travel industry leaders, and top service providers to create new benefits and distribute them through its coalition of partner companies to those vets verified through enrollment in Veterans Advantage. Veterans Advantage's free military verify technology solutions allow its partners to confirm their customers' eligibility for their military program offers in real time, online, by toll-free phone and at point-of-sale locations nationwide. You may also connect with Veterans Advantage on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vetrewards) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/vetrewards).
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