Wounded Warrior to Speak at SELC Tournament Youth Clinic
Johns Creek GA– As part of the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Championship Tournament weekend, Iraq war veteran Sal Gonzalez will speak at a free youth lacrosse clinic on Saturday April 26th at 10:00 AM at Northview High School.
Warriors Speak, a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) public awareness program, is a group of wounded service members and caregivers who share their personal stories of service and sacrifice with the public to raise awareness for the needs of this generation’s wounded service members and their families. Their warrior spokespeople share how WWP has aided them in the recovery process and helped them transition back to civilian life, while their caregiver spokespeople share the often-untold stories of what it’s like on the other side of that life-changing process.
Gonzalez had a very emotional reaction to the events of 9/11. “That tragedy inspired me to join the military,” says Sal. “The fact that I come from a family of immigrants propelled me to want to join. I wanted to give back for all this country has given us.”
Sal joined the Marines on October 21, 2003 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines as a machine gunner. A year later, he found himself in Ramadi, Iraq, asked to “give back” much more for his country than he anticipated. “I was hit by an IED and was in a coma for about a week,” says Sal. “I woke up at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Months later my left leg was amputated below the knee.” Sal now utilizes a prosthetic leg, which he says hasn’t impacted his daily life too much.
There is no charge for the clinic and it is open to any youth player. Lacrosse skills will be taught by SELC coaches as well as former players being honored over the weekend as new members of the SELC Hall of Fame.
For further information to include tournament schedules and directions, visit www.selctournament.com.