The Erie BayHawks and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today unveiled commemorative military themed uniforms the team will wear on Friday, March 9 during the team’s inaugural “Salute Our Troops” night.
The camouflage uniforms include the BayHawks traditional wordmark with a yellow “Support Our Troops” ribbon in place of the “A” in Hawks. An American flag dons the right chest and “USA” appears on the backside above the numbers. The shorts also include a yellow ribbon on the left leg.
“We understand the sacrifice made by our veterans in service of our nation,” said Regan Shabloski, D.O., associate dean of clinical education at LECOM. Dr. Shabloski is an Army Lieutenant Colonel who recently served in an Iraq military hospital. “Many LECOM graduates and faculty members have served in the armed services and we currently have 135 students who will become Army, Navy or Air force physicians upon graduation,” according to Dr. Shabloski.
The special uniforms are part of several special initiatives that LECOM and the BayHawks have planned to honor military personnel:
The commemorative uniforms will be auctioned off via online auction and bids placed at the arena during the game on March 9. Proceeds will benefit care packages for troops serving overseas being assembled by LECOM students;
Current and retired military personnel receive free tickets to the March 9 game when they show their military ID or DD214 card at the Tullio Arena box office;
Fans can donate care package items at the March 9 game such as phone cards, gift cards, gum, batteries and hygiene products. A complete list of accepted items can be found at supportourtroops.org;
“Coffee Cultures,” located at 5761 Peach Street, is offering a FREE cup of coffee with the purchase of a muffin to all military personnel and veterans with proper identification on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
Fans can purchase tickets at Tullio Arena box office, 809 French Street, or by calling 814-452-4857.