Concordia St. Paul News

February 7, 2018

CSP Hosts Game of Honor for Wounded Warriors

As tourists across the Twin Cities pack their luggage and head home to warmer climates, festivities from last week’s highly-publicized NFL championship game are being packed away as well. This leaves Minnesota to reflect on a successful week of live events leading up to its much anticipated time in the spotlight. One event in particular took place close to home as CSP had the opportunity to host the 7th Annual Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) Game of Honor football game on January 31. The game featured the WWAFT facing off against NFL legends for charity.

Highlights from the WWAFT Game of Honor held at Sea Foam Stadium at Concordia University, St. Paul on January 31, 2018

The WWAFT is comprised of service members who have served and are now utilizing a prosthetic device to engage in their everyday life activities. The team plays a full calendar of games throughout the year, including a game the week of the NFL championship typically near the host-city. 

Inside Sea Foam Stadium, CSP welcomed game players, the media, and guests. Marine veteran and CSP alumni Hank Goff was ecstatic to back on his home field. “This is awesome. I get to interact with lots of other vets that run great programs across the country. It’s great to be out here playing with these guys,” Goff exclaimed.

Also in attendance were former Minnesota Vikings Rich Gannon, Carl Eller, and Robert Smith; joining Goff on the field were ESPN personality Kenny Mayne, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, and Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL who was hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.

The opposing teams traded touchdowns, but the WWAFT pulled away late to remain unbeaten with a victory, 63-42. For more information on the Wounded Warriors Amputee Football team and the national attention the game has received, check out their website and this story featured on ABC News.