Mustangs donate $4,000 to wounded soldiers

Published 11:25 am Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ret. Marine Cpl. Manny Jimenez, second from left, accepts a $4,000 check for Hope for The Warriors from Mustang Football captains Joseph Pullen, from left, Jonathan Hall and Lynn Lawson as Coach Rob Carter looks on. SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN—The Franklin Mustangs football team during its Nov. 5 playoff game presented $4,000 to Hope For The Warriors.

The Mustangs on Sept. 22 partnered with the national, nonprofit organization that supports wounded U.S. service members and their families to sponsor a 10K/5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk. Proceeds allowed the team to purchase uniforms and equipment, and donate money to Hope For The Warriors.

“We are overwhelmed by the success of this fundraiser and the support that we received from over 52 sponsors as well as our entire community,” said Coach Rob Carter. “And we are very appreciative of Manny Jimenez for taking the time to visit our team, schools and community and help us reach our goal.”

A retired Marine corporal, Jimenez, 23, lost his left arm, hearing in his left ear and partial sight in his left eye after being hit with an explosive device while in Afghanistan in August 2010.

“It takes a group effort to raise this kind of money,” Jimenez said. “These kids are the future of America and Hope For The Warriors plays an instrumental role in the lives of all veterans. I am happy that I have been a part of this effort.”