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MVCC men's basketball team plays soldiers...for soldiers

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The MVCC men's basketball team kicked off their season opener Friday night with an exhibition game against the Fort Drum Warriors. This game wasn't like any normal season kickoff , the teams played against each other in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior funds.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides assistance for American military personnel who are wounded while serving overseas. The non-profit veterans service organization offers a variety of programs and services for wounded veterans.

The MVCC basketball players prepared for weeks for the game of a lifetime against the team of fit, strong and older soldiers. The crowd was filled with students, faculty and even vets themselves.

MVCC's basketball coach, Matthew St. Croix, said he couldn't be more proud of his players, "  It's a great opportunity for the campus for our players to be able to give back to a great charity people who are serving our country and it's a great way to start the season out and were very excited to do that."

Two local veterans who met while serving said they wanted to support both teams. Theresa Foley, a former Army Nurse said, "I think they need all the support they can get for everything they deserve it," while her husband Walt said, " They gamble on their lives and when they get back they are probably not in the best shape as when they left so its nice to help out as much as you can."

MVCC'S men's basketball coach hopes to make this an annual event.
 

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