Iona Partners with VETSports, Wrap For A Cause in Support of Veterans

11/7/2017
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona College will wrap a second van in its campus fleet as part of Wrap for a Cause, a partner program looking to promote awareness for charities by using campus vehicles as mobile billboards. Iona has joined with VETSports and Country Bank to promote Operation Valiant Veterans, to raise scholarship, educational and health resources benefiting veterans in New York metro area colleges and universities, one mile at a time. Additionally, Iona and the national veteran service organization VETSports announce an official partnership for VETSPorts University, an incredible program that provides scholarships, internships, and career assistance to VETSports University award recipients.
 
“Iona College is honored to partner with Wrap for a Cause, Operation Valiant Veterans and VETSports University,” said Paul J. Sutera, Iona College Senior Vice President for Advancement & External Affairs. “Our veterans have given so much with their service to our country, and we, at Iona, appreciate their dedication and sacrifice, and are proud to be able to give back.”
 
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OPERATION VALIANT VETERANS
Wrap for a Cause is a mobile marketing company for non-profit organizations and charities. Along with VETSports, Country Bank and Iona College, Operation Valiant Veterans aims to fight for the future health and safety of our men and women in uniform as they transition into civilian life.
 
“Since a young girl, my father has taught me to respect and appreciate our military service men and women. They and their families give so much to us; we can honor their sacrifices by providing them with opportunities to secure their futures,” states Laura Saggese, co-founder of Wrap for a Cause.
 
Though the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other scholarships go a long way in providing a veteran with the ability to attend college, as non-traditional students, many require support in transitioning from military to civilian life. This support may take the form of a Veterans’ Academic Support Group or connection with other organizations.
 
Founded in 2012 by three combat Veterans, VETSports aims to set the standard for how to improve veterans’ physical, mental and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement. VETSports provides thousands of veterans with continuous opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community service events and partnership.
 
Country Bank, the first corporate sponsor to support Wrap for a Cause in the 2017 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Campaign, is eager to again assist the non-profit in its new program for service men and women.
 
“We are a community-oriented bank, first and foremost. When Laura approached us a second time to sponsor a van that will give back to our veterans, we felt honored. We employ veterans and value the commitment that these men and women have made to our communities. Underwriting a campaign specifically to raise awareness for VETSports is just one small way that we can say thank you,” states Carolyn Murphy, vice president and CMO of Country Bank.
 
Saggese notes that although Wrap for A Cause’s Operation Valiant Veterans campaign officially launches on November 11, people will see its patriotic vans well into the holiday season. Ten percent of Wrap for a Cause net proceeds from this partnership will be directed to VETSports.
 
If you would like to help sponsor an Operation Valiant Veterans campaign van or wish to make a donation, please go to www.wrapforacause.org.
 
The mission of Wrap for a Cause is to help local and national nonprofit organizations raise awareness and funds through a memorable, mobile marketing campaign using vibrant vehicle wraps. To learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor, fleet vehicle participant or charity beneficiary, please call (888) 392-9729.
 
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VETSPORTS UNIVERSITY
Iona College is VETSports first partner for its VETSports University program, launched in 2015 and has already had two veterans successfully go through the program. VETSports U is intended to both offset the cost of college for returning veterans, as well as provide them meaningful internship opportunities through creating veteran chapters at their local university.
 
 “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Iona College through this important program, and look forward to serving our veterans through academics, staying physically active as part of a team, and meaningful internship work,” says Randy Tharp, president and CEO of VETSports.
 
VETSports will be providing a scholarship as early as November 11, to an Iona College veteran to kick off the program for 2018.
 
ABOUT IONA COLLEGE
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at www.iona.edu.