Jan. 4, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The terms ‘war’ and ‘battle’ are often throw around casually in reference to sports. This weekend, the Badgers men’s basketball team is learning the real meaning of the term warrior.
Along with the Wounded Warriors Project, the Wisconsin basketball team hosted 20 members of U.S. Armed Forces at practice Saturday at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion. All 20 of the guests are from the state of Wisconsinand were injured while serving in active duty.
After an hour and a half practice preparing for Sunday’s game against Iowa, Bo Ryan and the Badgers greeted their military guests, shaking hands, taking photos and signing autographs.
“Thank you for your service and all you do to defend our country,” Ryan, a veteran himself, said to the Wounded Warriors. “We are eternally grateful and hope you have a great weekend in Madison.”
The soldiers will also be in attendance Sunday evening when No. 4 Wisconsin hosts No. 22 Iowa at the Kohl Center.
The Wounded Warriors Project has arranged for the soldiers to spend two free nights in Madison courtesy Country Inn and Suites in Middleton and transportation from Lamers Bus Lines, who have donated a special handicap equipped bus.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that is serves to honor and empower warriors who have been injured- mind, body or soul- post 9/11, 2001.