2K Classic Tips Off to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Annual Basketball Tournament Gives Back to Injured Veterans

Nov 23, 2015, 16:30 ET from Wounded Warrior Project

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) returned to Madison Square Garden featuring a pair of doubleheaders between Duke, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Several wounded veterans were in attendance and served as honorary captains: Patrick Dunn, Nic Harsy, Eladio Bobadilla, Patrick Nevins, and Samuel Burns. WWP chief operations officer Jeremy Chwat was also in attendance, where he was presented with a basketball that was signed by the coaches of all four teams.

The semifinal doubleheader was played on Nov. 20 with the championship and consolation games on Nov. 22. VCU was beaten by Duke in the first round, and Georgetown edged out Wisconsin. At the consolation game, Wisconsin would fall to Georgetown with a final score of 71 to 61. During the championship game, Duke clinched the win over Georgetown in a very close game of 86 to 84.

The donations raised through the tournament will support the 20 free, life-saving programs and services offered by WWP that are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment.  One such program is Long-Term Support Trust (LTST), which ensures that supplemental services including life-skills training, home care, transportation, and additional resources can remain available to the seriously wounded, ill, or injured in the event their caregivers are no longer able to provide care and support. Since the 2014 inception of LTST, WWP has invested more than $90 million in the Trust, which was made possible by generous donors across America. This funding serves as the model for the decades of support WWP is preparing to provide these veterans to ensure they can live as rewarding and independent lives as possible.

"The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is honor and empower Wounded Warriors," said Jeremy Chwat, chief strategy officer for WWP. "The support and awareness raised by The 2K Classic and the amazing teams that participated in this tournament give Wounded Warrior Project the critical resources we need to serve this nation's most seriously injured veterans, and make a positive impact in their transition back to civilian life."

Since 2003, WWP has evolved its programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 14,000 caregivers and family support members. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP's vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.  Wounded Warrior Project just released the results from its 2015 annual WWP Alumni Survey. See the results, and download the sixth annual Wounded Warrior Project Alumni Survey here.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of 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, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.  

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