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TAMIU’s Athletics Department sponsored a
campus and community-wide Veterans Appreciation
Initiative for the fourth straight year in 2011. The
three components of the initiative were a Veterans
an Adaptive Sports
Experience (ASE) and a screening of the documentary
“Warrior Champions.”
The ASE is a U.S. Olympic Committee sponsored
event that brought three wounded warriors from
Brooks Army Medical Center to campus to promote
the benefits of adapted sports. Over 60 fitness and
sports majors along with physical education teachers
from throughout the community attended.
Sitting volleyball was the featured sport during the
inaugural ASE and there are already plans to feature
additional sports during next year’s event.
World War II veterans were honored at the
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast attended by
several community veterans from all wars as well
as TAMIU student veterans. Over 100 TAMIU
students and community members attended the
“Warrior Champions” screening. The award-winning
documentary “tells the emotional and inspiring story
of a group of severely woundedAmerican Soldiers, as
they fight to turn nightmares of war into Paralympic
In addition to these events, the TAMIU Student-
Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) once again
conducted a fund raiser to benefit theTAMIUStudent
Veteran Text Book. The 2011 SAAC fund raiser
generated $2,250.
TAMIU Salutes Veterans
ending. The Dustdevils claimed a share of the
Heartland Conference regular season title, and then
knocked off St. Mary’s, the conference tournament’s
numberoneseed, inthrillingfashiontoearntheteam’s
first Heartland Conference Tournament Title and a
berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament. “I couldn’t
be more proud of any team I have ever coached,”
said Head Coach Scott Libby. “They answered every
challenge thrown at them and earned the title of
undisputed Heartland Conference Champions!”