Aug 15, 2015 9:08 PM
DERRY - A flag-football tournament with a fitting title - the Heroes Freedom Bowl - featured members from all five military branches as well as local police and firefighters, all aiming the raise money for wounded veterans on Saturday.
Friends and family members gathered at SportsZone's indoor sports complex to cheer on the local and national service members.
Alex Loiselle, an Army recruit participating in the games. shared his excitement.
"We're all just so pumped. We're all putting everything we've got and that's, I guess, what we do with everything. Whether we're working out, in the office doing our work, or whatever, we all give it what we have."
The proceeds from the seven-hour event raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project - a charity that gives back to wounded veterans as well as active duty members by helping to pay for things like home care and medical expenses.
Along with raising money, the Heroes Freedom Bowl included recruiters from each military branch who encouraged others in attendance to consider military service.
"They're sacrificing themselves for the better of everyone else," Anna Mattson, Sportszone's event coordinator said.
"They want to see a difference in the community and that's what we're giving back. We want to see them be able to go back out there and make a difference in everyone's lives."
Sportszone members also made the event family friendly, with activities including a bounce house, obstacle course, face painting, live-music and more.
To make a donation to this charity visit: http://fundraise.woundedwarriorproject.org/RTT/Events/Search
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