LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Bats will wear special digital camouflage jerseys at all Sunday home games in 2015 to benefit the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Koetter Construction will provide the jerseys, which will be auctioned following the conclusion of the season with 100 percent of the funds being donated to the local PVA chapter. The jerseys will be introduced at the team's noon press conference Wednesday at Louisville Slugger Field.
A nonprofit organization, many of PVA's volunteers are dedicated veterans who have taken up the cause to not only fight on the battlefield together, but on the battlefield at home. The mission of the Kentucky-Indiana PVA chapter is to improve the quality of life of U.S. Military Veterans and others with spinal cord dysfunction through the use of advocacy, research, sports and recreation, education and communication.
"The partnership with the Louisville Bats and Koetter Construction will give us the exposure we so desperately need," said Kevin Sparks, president of the Kentucky-Indiana PVA chapter. "Our hope is when fans see a camouflage uniform at a Bats game or anywhere else, or a sign for Koetter Construction, that they immediately think of our paralyzed veterans here in the Louisville and Kentuckiana area."
"Koetter Construction is very proud to partner with the Bats and sponsor the Sunday military camouflage jerseys as a fundraiser to support the Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Bob Koetter, Jr., president of the Floyds Knobs-based company. "We have been a past supporter of the PVA because we like to show our appreciation of our veterans who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom."
"I would hope that these camouflage jerseys will remind people to thank a veteran, especially those who have come back missing limbs or being paralyzed from an accident while fighting for our freedom," Koetter added. "I also hope people will support the PVA financially by participating in the auction at the end of the season."
The PVA works continuously to raise awareness of the issues that paralyzed veterans face every day. There are a variety of ways to help. Visit www.kipva.org to become a volunteer, donor, sponsor or learn about supporting the group at its events.
Kentucky-Indiana PVA contact: Vickie Lincks, Executive Director, 502-635-6539, firstname.lastname@example.org
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