Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, joined Upstate Warrior Solution for the third annual Big Break: Warrior Edition event, helping to support injured military veterans. The skills competition event featured ten teams comprised of an amateur, a Web.com Tour pro, a celebrity, local warrior, and a junior golfer.
After finishing the 2016-17 season with the Swamp Rabbits, Brodie Dupont traded his hockey stick for golf clubs and joined the four-part event. The skills included putting, driving, chipping, and hitting out of a sand trap. The Upstate Warrior Solution event also led into the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX CORPORATION. The event raised $30,000 to help Upstate Warrior Solution support veterans across the Upstate.
“We’re always appreciative of our military. We wouldn’t be able to have these events without those guys doing the things that; quite frankly, a lot of us wouldn’t have the courage to do,” said Dupont. “Everybody is here for the same general cause. The people they brought in are really genuine and sincere people. You could see that everyone was here for the right reasons.”
Among the players on Dupont’s team, dubbed the Swamp Rabbits Rangers, was Sergeant Jeremy Grotler who served from 2007-13 in the United States Marine Corps infantry. Grotler sustained injuries while on deployment to Afghanistan and medically retired. Upstate Warrior Solution has helped many veterans including Sgt. Grotler with employment, education services, and affordable housing. The remainder of the team consisted of Web.com Pro Jin Park, actress Paula Trickey, and junior golfer William Allender.
“Upstate Warrior has done a tremendous amount for area veterans. They have helped me out personally with getting back into school, as well as helping me get a bed,” commented Grotler. “Since my wife actually works there now, I know how many veterans they help and it’s unbelievable.”
Grotler is currently enrolled at Greenville Technical College seeking a degree in HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration).
“We have offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Clemson and see about 100 veterans and their family members per month,” noted Upstate Warrior Solution President Charlie Hall. “The money raised here stays local to support our warriors and help them readjust to life after combat.”
The Swamp Rabbits presence at the event further affirms the organization’s respect and dedication to the military and veterans in the Upstate. Every player from the afternoon at Thornblade Club left with a Swamp Rabbits hat.
Earlier this year the Swamp Rabbits hosted its annual Heroes Night to support the real heroes of the community including active and retired military personnel and first responders. Over 200 tickets to the game were donated by BMW to Upstate Warrior Solution for veterans across the Upstate. In addition, TD Bank and the Swamp Rabbits hosted a Financial Literacy workshop before the game, where representatives came and spoke to veterans and their spouses. Different educational aspects were discussed in depth at the workshop including how to apply for a loan, the benefits of a savings account, interest rates and more.
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