CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University lacrosse program, in partnership with the USO of Northern Ohio, announced that the Vikings will host a Military Appreciation Night Tuesday, April 2.
CSU will host the event in conjunction with its game against Canisius at 7:00 p.m. inside the Krenzler Dome.
The Vikings will don U.S. military-inspired uniforms courtesy of Viking lacrosse apparel partner UN1TUS as part of the event. The lacrosse program is also working with Cleveland State's Veterans Student Success Program to bring exposure to all Viking Veterans during the course of the event. Ariel Hedrich, who served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, will sing the National Anthem before the April 2 game.
Cleveland State University enrolls 500+ veterans from the United States military branches and received bronze star recognition for being a Military Friendly School in 2017.
"I have a deep appreciation for the men and women that serve in our armed forces and respect for all of our veterans," head lacrosse coach Dylan Sheridan said. "My father is retired Navy and a veteran of the Gulf War. Both of my grandfathers were veterans as well. I grew up a military brat. Bouncing from base to base as a kid gave me a unique perspective and understanding of the sacrifices that military men and women and their families make in order to protect this country and our freedoms. I'm truly thankful for the opportunity to recognize these people."
Viking lacrosse fans will have the opportunity to bid on these unique game-worn jerseys through an online auction with all proceeds benefitting the USO of Northern Ohio. The military-inspired uniforms were on display during the March 23 contest against nationally ranked Penn State. The auction will be live until Friday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m. To access the online auction, please click here.
Fans purchasing tickets for the April 2 game through this link that use promo code 'USO' will be supporting the initiative and the USO of Northern Ohio as $2 from every ticket sold will go to the USO.
For more information on Military Appreciation Night or to purchase tickets to upcoming home lacrosse games, contact Cleveland State Athletics at 216-687-5440.