Nov. 18, 2013
CINCINNATI - Members of the Xavier Men's and Women's Tennis programs participated in a 5K run last Saturday honoring Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The race, which was the first national event sponsored by DAV, was held in Downtown Cincinnati to honor the nation's veterans and raise awareness for veterans' issues and programs.
"Our inaugural DAV 5K is the first of its kind to serve as the vehicle to give our neighbors the opportunity to thank veterans and their families," said Mark Burgess, DAV National Adjutant and CEO. "It also is an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues our nation's heroes face when they return home after service, especially when the number of disabled veterans is expected to rise from three to four million by the end of the decade."
Former Cincinnati Bengal and NFL Hall of Fame member Anthony Munoz served as the event's Honorary Chairperson.
DAV is a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It's single purpose is to fulfill the promises to the men and women who served our country by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them and also educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
The Xavier Men's and Women's tennis teams are currently in their off-season and will open their 2014 campaigns in January. The Men will begin their season at Ohio State January 22 and the Women against Indiana January 25.