By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On September 14, the Capital University football team will be participating in the annual Coach to Cure MD, presented by Werner Ladder. The Crusaders will turn the lights on for the visiting Marietta Pioneers for a battle on the gridiron, plus a special guest family to join in cheering on the Purple and White.
Now in its 12th year, Coach To Cure MD, annually involves over 10,000 football coaches at over 500 college and high school programs, making it the largest national game day charity event in football.
Coach to Cure MD movement will be seen on a national stage throughout the country on Saturday, September 28. Coaches and staff members will wear patches on the sidelines with the cause's logo with many others hosting boys battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) on the sidelines.
Capital will be on its bye week on the weekend of September 28 so to take part, Head Coach Chad Rogosheske elected to participate in the movement on the night of the 2019 home and conference opener on Saturday, September 14. Capital will be hosting Marietta College in its annual home, night game with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
The Crusaders will welcome The Nisley Family that evening to meet the team, lead them into Bernlohr Stadium and cheer on the Purple and White as they take on the Pioneers. Austin Nisley, age six, will be Capital's special guest to help lead the Crusaders in "The Walk" prior to the game, join the team on the field for pregame workouts, and receive special VIP seating for him and his family during the game.
"The AFCA and our members take great pride in our annual work with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy," said AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry. "We are thrilled to add Werner Ladder this year to support our cause and are confident they will multiply our work to raise awareness and much needed funds to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Our goal is for every football fan to learn about this disorder and join us in the fight for a cure."
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- Make a one-time $25 donation right from your phone by texting CURE to 501501
- Use @COACHTOCUREMD and #TACKLEDUCHENNE in all of your social media to spread awareness of the event and genetic disorder
- Visit www.CoachToCureMD.org to learn more or offer support of their favorite coaches in the fight against Duchenne
ABOUT THE AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. The AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."
ABOUT WERNER LADDER
Werner, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, stepstools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, Werner provides a full line of climbing equipment that is engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. For more information, visit www.wernerladder.com.
ABOUT PARENT PROJECT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
Duchenne is a fatal genetic disorder that slowly robs people of their muscle strength. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy is the largest most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne—our mission is to end Duchenne.
We demand optimal care standards and strive to ensure every family has access to expert healthcare providers, cutting edge treatments, and a community of support. We invest deeply in treatments for this generation of Duchenne patients and in research that will benefit future generations. Our advocacy efforts have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and won two FDA approvals.
Everything we do—and everything we have done since our founding in 1994—helps those with Duchenne live longer, stronger lives. We will not rest until we end Duchenne for every single person affected by the disease. Join our fight against Duchenne at EndDuchenne.org and follow PPMD on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.