05/26/2011 9:35 AM -

Thanks to the efforts of every Sharks fan in attendance at Military Appreciation Night May 13, 2011, the Jacksonville Sharks are extremely proud to announce that they will be writing a check for over $23,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Proceeds came from a commemorative game-worn jersey auction held during and after the game against the Iowa Barnstormers. The jerseys were a commemorative camouflage print and fans were able to bid on each player’s jersey from the Sharks roster, including Sharks’ quarterback, Aaron Garcia, whose jersey auctioned for over $5,000.

“It’s because of the generous donation from the Jacksonville Sharks that we’re able to continue our important work and support those who give so much in the defense of our country,” said Wounded Warrior Project Chief Development Officer Adam Silva. “Our goal is to provide unique programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.” Wounded Warrior Project’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service men and women, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Additional proceeds came from the sale of collectible shirts and Shark Attack Dance Team posters. Posters and shirts were available for a $1 donation at the Sharks merchandise counter. “We are so extremely excited that Shark Nation was so generous, especially in the current economic climate we are in to have contributed over $23,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Our expectations were blown out of the water and we cannot say thank you enough. We will say it anyway and do it over and over again - thank you Shark Nation for supporting our great men and women of our Armed Forces,” said Jacksonville Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy.

About the Sharks:
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The first place Sharks - and reigning South Division Champions - are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks return to action Friday, June 3, 2011 in New Orleans against the VooDoo for the AFL Game of the Week. Catch all the action live on the NFL Network and 1010XL starting at 8:00pm EDT. The Sharks return to Sea Best Field Saturday, June 18, 2011 to host the Milwaukee Mustangs. To reserve your season tickets, group tickets, or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Single game tickets are available at the arena box office, or many ticketmaster outlets. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and Twitter @jaxsharks