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Grizzlies to host celebration to donate home to wounded hero

Wounded in Iraq, U.S. Army Veteran is awarded a 100% mortgage-free three-bedroom home.

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MEMPHIS, November 8, 2012 – The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting a celebration to honor a military service member on Friday, Nov. 9 when they play the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. at FedExForum as part of Military Appreciation Night.  United States Army, Retired Master Sergeant Sean Bennett will be honored by the non-profit organization Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) with a 100% mortgage-free home donated by Chase bank.

A Texas native, Bennett joined the U.S. Army in 1992 and served as Private in the Artillery unit. In 2000, Bennett began his career in the airborne unit. On January 20, 2007 insurgents dressed in U.S. Army Combat uniforms attempted to invade the forward operating base and Sergeant Bennett was shot while trying to defend his platoon’s position.

In recognition of his service, Bennett will be awarded a 100% mortgage-free three-bedroom, one story, 1,593-square-foot home located in Sevierville, Tennessee during Friday night’s game.  In addition to the home, the Bennett family will receive three years of family and financial mentoring.

“We appreciate this opportunity to work with the Military Warriors Support Foundation in its efforts to honor our veterans and those who are serving in the armed forces each and every day,” said Mike Humes, Grizzlies Chief Revenue Officer. “This celebration is our little way of saying thanks to Retired Master Sergeant Sean Bennett for his service to our country.”

Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Grizzlies as they take on the Houston Rockets in their second regular season home game. The first 10,000 fans through the doors will receive Grizzlies Magnet Schedules, presented by First Tennessee Bank. As part of Military Appreciation Night, the national anthem will be performed by the Navy Band Mid-South. The United States Navy Color Guard will serve as the special color guard. The house band for the night will be Freedom, who is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy. During the halftime show, fans will see a special re-enlistment ceremony at halftime for members of the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Friday’s night game will also serve as the first Grizz Night Out of the new season, presented by Budweiser. Starting at just $25, fans are able to purchase the package and receive a Grizzlies ticket, a Grizzlies hat and a 16-ounce beer.

Military Warriors Support Foundations (MWSF), a 501c3, was founded in 2007 by General Leroy Sisco, a retired 3-star general and the organization’s CEO. General Sisco brings 42 years of service to our country and a rich background of experiences and leadership roles. The General has a great understanding of the many challenges our heroes face after being injured in service and is determined to assist those in greatest need. MWSF is based in San Antonio, Texas.

MWSF awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families receive three years of family and financial mentoring. Families may apply for a home by visiting militarywarriors.org and completing the application form. 

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase a ticket for Nov. 9 vs. Houston, 2012-13 Season Tickets, or 10- and 20-Game Packs can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com. Tickets for the Plaza IV and Terrace IV sections are already sold out.