Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends hits $200,000 milestone at Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I

LPGA Tour players have recorded 200 eagles on the weekends this season

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, July 22, 2014 - With an eagle on the par 5 17th hole on Sunday at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, Brittany Lincicome notched the 200th weekend eagle this season on the LPGA Tour and helped reach an even bigger milestone. As part of the Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends, CME Group has pledged to donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded on the weekend at official LPGA tournaments this season. With 200 eagles on record so far, $200,000 has been raised through the first 18 events in 2014.

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“CME Group is proud to be part of The Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends, an exciting new addition to the LPGA tour season that allows us to give back to the soldiers who give us our freedom,” said Terry Duffy, CME Group Executive Chairman and President.  “We are honored to contribute to the programs that help our military men and women become better adjusted to life after service. 

“To reach such an incredible milestone at this point in the season is remarkable, and we have some amazing athletes to thank for that,” Duffy added. “We have a great deal of respect for the Wound Warrior Project and the LPGA, and we look forward to many more eagles throughout the remainder of the season.”

The season-long charity program is tied into the inaugural Race to the CME Globe and will benefit programs assisting service members who have been injured during their military service. The donation amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla.

LPGA Tour veteran Nicole Castrale attested to the impact the Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends will have. Castrale has seen first-hand the services and programs Wounded Warrior Project® provides servicemen and women when they return home from duty. Castrale’s brother-in-law, Jared Bullock, was severely injured during his tour with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

“I don’t think we would have seen the impact until this happened to our family,” Castrale said. “We just hope hearing our story makes people realize this is a great charity, and they do a lot of good for the soldiers that are fighting for us. We can have our lives over here because of them.”

The donations made from the Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends will benefit the economic empowerment pillar of the organization. Funds will help support three unique programs that specifically help service members acclimate to life after their injuries. The three programs are:

  • Warriors to Work
    • Since October, WWP has connected more than 1,000 warriors with meaningful employment through the Warriors to Work program. 
    • By the end of September, WWP is on track, with the help of LPGA and CME Group, to increase that to 1900 for this fiscal year.
    • Nineteen hundred veterans entering the workplace equates to an estimated $32 million in earned income, which has a tremendous impact on a warrior’s financial independence.
  • TTA
    • The Transition Training Academy (TTA) is growing with the help of Wounded Warrior Project’s supporters like LPGA and CME Group.
    • In quarter three of 2014, TTA doubled the number of warriors served by being able to increase classes offered, varying the length of courses, and offering an online option.
    • WWP is on track to serve 1,600 Alumni through the Transition Training Academy in the 2014 fiscal year.
    • These courses lead to certification in a variety of IT specialties and open up a wide range of job opportunities in the IT field.
    • WWP’s TRACK program is the first whole-life approach to education for wounded service members in the nation. Anchored by an education complex that supports living while learning, this one-year, residential program is divided into academic and vocational phases. As of the last quarter of FY13, 88% of graduates were enrolled in higher education or employed one year from graduation. Setting the stage for long-term, meaningful careers - with annual salaries averaging roughly $40,000 - secures individual financial goals and strengthens the communities in which warriors reside.
    • Since the beginning of the TRACK program in 2009, Wounded Warrior Project graduated 155 warriors from the San Antonio and Jacksonville facilities.
    • Ninety-five percent of students who completed the TRACK program this year were immediately working or enrolled in school are enrolled after graduation.

Topics: Race to the CME Globe, Press Release