Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Visit from wounded warriors group offers a bit of perspective

It's pretty easy for the members of the UConn football team to think they have things pretty rough these days.

The Huskies are 0-4 and one of nine winless teams in FBS. The rugged start cost head coach Paul Pasqualoni and offensive line coach George DeLeone their jobs at UConn and the Huskies have struggled in every phase of the game.

However, being in the same room where wounded warriors Pat Nelligan and Guliad Ismail shared their experiences as part of UConn's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program.

"The things that those guys do, it is unbelievable and it gives me the opportunity to do what I do," UConn senior offensive guard Steve Greene said. "I have the utmost respect and gratitude for what those guys do."

The EBV program enables wounded warriors to have access to resources from business schools from six universities including UConn. The wounded warriors get to spend part of a day with members of the UConn football team and speak to the team after practice which is what happened on Tuesday.

"UConn has really embraced us, what makes them great entrepreneurs is the fact that they have overcome adversity and don’t take no for an answer," said Pat Nelligan of Bristol.

"The EBV program is nothing more than taking a dream for some wounded warriors and turning it into a reality. One of the highlights is coming to talk to the football team and believe it or not, the tongue in cheek (part) is talking to them about adversity.  The timing couldn’t be better with what the team has been going through. That is part of what we want to talk about being wounded warriors and what we have overcome through out hardships and hopefully impart some words of wisdom to the team."


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