In their own words: John Dowd

The former offensive guard for Navy is a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and was 11 years old on 9/11. On Sept. 11, 2010, Dowd ran onto the field for a game against Georgia Southern carrying an American flag that had previously been flown over special-operations bases in Afghanistan, raised at the World Trade Center site, and was returned to Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary of 9/11

In their own words: Brian Stann

A former Navy linebacker, Stann graduated in 2003 and went on to serve two tours in combat overseas. He received the Silver Star for his leadership in battle in Iraq.

Shorn to save

In an era where hair is “in,” Tom Serratore annually goes without. The statement the Valparaiso goalkeeper makes by going under the clippers each spring isn’t born out of fashion but of passion: Serratore opts to shed his locks to honor children who’ve lost theirs to cancer.


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