Gray participates in Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride
September 28, 2009

E-mail this to a friend   Post this page to Facebook  

Stefon Gray, Director of Information Technology Services, cycled 52 miles in 3 hours and 42 minutes at the September 26 Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride (WWPSR) in Nashville, Tenn. Stefon was joined by his brother Stacey, a retired military officer who is also the father of Stefon's nephew Philip Gray (’08).  "Philip, a pre-med major when he was at Bryan," Stefon explained, "also has military connections because he recently began his Army career as a medic and is stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas."

During the first seven miles of the ride, Stefon and Stacey were among those who cycled with warriors who had been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stefon said that "many of the soldiers were either on three-wheelers or rode with special prostheses. And despite the rain throughout the day, there was an unbelievable turnout for the event with people holding up banners and cheering for the soldiers."

The 7-mile mark, the first rest area, was where gear was checked out for the wounded soldiers before they made the return trip.  The soldier standing in the background on the right was one of the riders who lost his left arm and leg in service to our country.



 
The WWPSR website states that the event "is designed to challenge our wounded warriors to get back in the saddle, both literally and figuratively, and is a tool to help both the physical and mental wounds of war. These rides also help to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) mission and our many programs designed to serve our injured and their families and in turn raise money through sponsorships, pledges, and donations for the WWP.”

Another campus connection with the WWP will occur this Friday.  The proceeds from the Alumni Golf Tournament, a Homecoming 2009 event, will go to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Bryan's 2008 Alumnus of the Year, Major General Mastin Robeson (’76).