We Can Be Heroes (If Just For One Day)

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Courtney Coppedge ranks third all-time at Purdue in career goals (21) and points (51). She currently serves her country in the U.S. Army.
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Courtney Coppedge ranks third all-time at Purdue in career goals (21) and points (51). She currently serves her country in the U.S. Army.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 13, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Courtney Coppedge hasn't suited up for the Boilermakers since 2003, but she's never far from the mind of Purdue head coach Rob Klatte.

Coppedge was one of the Boilermakers' top offensive threats from 2000 to 2003, racking up 51 points on 21 goals and nine assists. She helped Purdue reach the Sweet 16 of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and remains the only Boilermaker to post a hat trick.

Coppedge remains an integral part of the offense, but instead of playing at forward for the Old Gold and Black, she's flying helicopters over Iraq for the Red, White and Blue.

Coppedge is currently three months into a 16-month overseas tour of duty. Klatte receives regular email updates from Coppedge and in between they exchange pictures and DVD movies.

Klatte can't thank Coppedge enough for her sacrifice, so he's planned a full-scale tribute to American servicemen and women as part of the Boilermakers' home match against Bowling Green Sunday at 1 p.m.

"Sunday provides an opportunity for us to honor and thank those Americans who have made tremendous sacrifices," said Klatte, who is the son of a 29-year Marine Corps veteran. "We plan to take a team photo after the match with the Purdue and American flags and send it to Courtney as recognition of her importance to this program."

Admission prices are $5 for adults and $2 for students; however, free admission will be given to anyone who donates a soccer ball or shows a Military ID/proof of service.

The donated soccer balls are being collected for Operation Soccer Chopper, which drops all sorts of volleyballs and soccer balls to the children of Afghanistan.

Mini-American flags will be distributed to all in attendance.

The Boilermakers' game-worn red, white and blue uniforms will be auctioned off following the match. Proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, which is a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization committed to helping wounded and disabled War on Terror veterans rebuild their lives and homes.

 

 

Purdue ROTC will have their color guard present for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. The national anthem will be followed by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps.