Texas Tech To Present The Lone Survivor Game On Nov. 9|
In conjunction with the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Under Armour, Texas Tech University will present the "Lone Survivor Game" on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Red Raiders take on the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Based on the harrowing story of former Navy SEAL and fellow Texan, Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Game will bring national recognition to the Lone Survivor Foundation as well as pay tribute to our nation's veterans, and the active duty personnel of the United States Military.
"It's a great honor that Texas Tech is recognizing the sacrifices of my teammates," Luttrell said. "I am grateful and appreciative of the Red Raiders and Under Armour for honoring my brothers on and off the field. God Bless Texas."
Luttrell's story will be portrayed in the upcoming Universal Pictures film "Lone Survivor," due to hit theaters across the country in early January. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and tells the incredible story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative and ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Luttrell and his Lone Survivor Foundation will be the feature of Tech's game against Kansas State and the memory of his fallen comrades will be respectfully honored on a specially designed game uniform provided by Under Armour. Red Raider fans that wish to join in the celebration of this game can purchase Under Armour Lone Survivor gear and replica jerseys at local retailers beginning today. Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game on texastech.com with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the Lone Survivor Foundation.
"Texas Tech is honored to have Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Foundation, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families on our campus for a celebration of courage," Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics said. "The sacrifices of so many brave men and women, including Marcus, give all us all great reason to pause and reflect on their service in defense of our great nation. This game will be a great opportunity for Red Raider fans to show their admiration and respect for our veterans and active duty military personnel."
In addition to the celebration of the Lone Survivor Foundation, Texas Tech will host more than 400 Purple Heart recipients and their families from all across the nation. The gathering is expected to be the largest of Purple Heart recipients on American soil in history. These brave men and women will be honored for their service to our nation in a special ceremony that will also feature Tim Kingsbury (father of Kliff Kingsbury) and the late Guffrie Smith (father of head basketball coach Tubby Smith). Kingsbury and Smith were both awarded Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam and World War II, respectively.
In addition, Texas Tech will host Gold Star families from the South Plains as well as guests from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M.
The pageantry of the game will feature paratrooper and veteran Dana Bowman, who will skydive into Jones AT&T Stadium during the pregame with a parachute dedicated to Purple Heart recipients and the American flag. The Goin' Band From Raiderland will also present its "Celebrate America" halftime show.
Tickets for the Lone Survivor Game (Nov. 9) are available for purchase online at texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH. Kickoff has been set for 11 a.m. CT on ABC.
Schedule Of Events
Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 6
South Plains Veterans Summit
Friday, Nov. 8
Purple Heart Banquet (Invitation Only)
Saturday, Nov. 9
Purple Heart/Gold Star Families Of South Plains Tailgate
Stuff The Truck
Pre-Game Show Featuring Paratrooper Dana Bowman
In-Game/Halftime Celebrations of America
About The Lone Survivor Foundation
About Marcus Luttrell
After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. On the ranch, Marcus had time to recover, to think, and to feel the love and support of close friends and family as he healed his wounds. Based upon first hand experiences of what is needed to provide holistic healing beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010.
The intent was to bring the wounded service members into the same type of environment that healed Marcus. A place of solitude and beauty, where there was a close-knit and understanding support system. A place where the service members and their families could heal together as they all worked through the consequences of war. The foundation is dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.
About the movie "Lone Survivor" from Universal Pictures
Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir Lone Survivor, whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.
Lone Survivor is written and directed by Peter Berg, who again crafts a striking portrait of the unbreakable bonds between men that he first explored in Friday Night Lights.
About the Uniform: Under Armour, Inc.
About the Purple Heart
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of "combat" veterans.
Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level, from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.
Wives, mothers, daughters, step-daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans' hospitals.
About the Gold Star
The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States' fallen Heroes and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our nation's true heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were--not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived.
The information in the Registry is compiled from a number of different public sources including the Department of Defense and the National Archives. Adhering to Department of Defense guidelines for families who receive the `Gold Star Pin,' the Registry only includes the names of heroes who have given their lives on the battlefield.
About Cannon Air Force Base