ROCKFORD, Ill. – This Sunday, April 28ththe Rockford College baseball team will be honoring our brave men and women in the United States Military who have and continue to risk their lives every day to protect all of the freedoms we so cherish. To honor them Rockford will wear special military style uniforms for Sunday's games. There will also be a special presentation of the colors for the National Anthem by the local VFW as well as a fly over from a World War II airplane. In addition, the Regents will attempt do their part to try and give back to our many injured soldiers by raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Sunday's doubleheader is scheduled to take place starting at 1 p.m. against the Edgewood College Eagles at Aviators Stadium.
The Regents baseball team is currently in position to grab one of the six spots in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament for the sixth time in seven years. As of today, Rockford is one and a half games out of first place in the NAC. Sunday's games against the Eagles are shaping up to very exciting as both teams fight for a postseason berth. Last season the two teams played a pair of closely contested games with Rockford coming out on top 4-0 and 3-1.
In addition to being treated to some great baseball action, fans will be able to participate in numerous other activities. Prior to the game everyone is encouraged to tailgate in the parking lot as well as make use of the bags sets that will be provided. Before and during the games there will be a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, donated items from local businesses, tickets to sporting events, rounds of golf, gift certificates and signed items by both the Regents and Eagles baseball teams. Activities are also slated for in-between games with the winning fans receiving free Rockford Aviators tickets. At the conclusion of the doubleheader, all women in attendance will be allowed to come onto the field to participate in the Diamond Dash with the winner receiving a pair of diamond earrings donated by Clodius and Co. We will then wrap up the day's events with everyone being treated to a spectacular fireworks presentation courtesy of Stateline Fireworks.
All proceeds from the entire day will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. To learn more about a truly worthy cause please visit the Wounded Warrior Project's website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For more information about Sunday's events please contact the Rockford College Athletic Department at (815) 226-4085.
The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans, service members and their families who have been injured mentally, physically or become ill because of their military service on or after September 11, 2001. As of April 1, the Wounded Warrior Project has helped over 31,000 of our injured military men and women. They take a four pronged approach involving mind, economic empowerment, body and engagement to help our wounded try to regain control of their lives. The Wounded Warrior Project allows military members to go through programs to help them deal with the mental stresses and strains of war along with helping them cope with any physical injuries or trauma that may have occurred. Service members also receive an education as well as career counseling and job placement assistance to help them get reintegrated into society. The final part involves the alumni of the program sharing their stories and mentoring one another so no one feels as though they have to go through their experiences alone.