The New York Red Bulls have already declared that the April 26th game against the LA Galaxy will be a welcome home party for club legend Juan Pablo Angel. And, today, the team announced another local hero will be making an appearance at the game.
Today, the club issued a statement that this Sunday's encounter will be dubbed "Wings for Life Night" in support of spinal cord injury research. Former Rutgers University defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in October 2010 while making a tackle, will deliver the game ball and be honored as part of the game's festivities.
In its release, the team quoted LeGrand as stating, "I'm a big soccer fan and have gone to many games at Red Bull Arena." He added, "For me to be invited to deliver the game ball and celebrate Wings for Life Night in support of spinal cord injury research is humbling and exciting."
Wings for Life, a not-for-profit research foundation, is committed to curing spinal cord injuries. In conjunction with Team LeGrand and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the team has asked fans to use the promo code "RBWFL" when purchasing tickets to the game. Doing so will donate $3 per ticket to the Wings for Life Foundation.