Join the UWG community as we honor servicemembers, veterans, and their families to support the sacrifices these individuals have made for this country.

November 11 - 16, 2019

Workouts

All workouts will take place in the Campus Center Functional Training Area all day as well as in the 12 p.m. HIIT group fitness classes. Some workouts have been adapted slightly due to equipment availability and user experience level.

Murph

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups or rows
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

Navy Lieutenant Michael P. MurphyIn memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, NY, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28, 2005. A United States Navy SEAL officer, Murphy was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart.

The "Murph" Hero WOD was originally posted on the CrossFit Main Site as the workout of the day for Thursday August 18, 2005 (050818), where the post said "This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it 'Body Armor.' From here on it will be referred to as 'Murph' in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is."

 "Murph" has become one of the most famous CrossFit workouts, especially popular as a tribute on Memorial Day in the US, when the workout is sometimes referred to as "Memorial Day Murph."

Emily

(Repeat complete set 10 times for time)

  • 30 double-unders/single jumps/jumping jacks
  • 15 weighted rows
  • 30 air squats

Second Lt. Emily Jazmin Tatum PerezSecond Lt. Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez, 23, was killed Sept. 12, 2006, when her Humvee was struck by an improvised explosive device as she was leading a convoy through Al Kifl, Iraq. She served in the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Perez graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2005. She was an exemplary student and became the highest-ranking African-American female cadet in the history of West Point. An exceptional athlete, Perez was a sprinter on the track team (200 m) and competed in the triple jump. She also excelled at gymnastics and squats. Her favorite movements included sprinting, double-unders, pull-ups, squats and power cleans. Perez earned numerous awards for her military service, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge. She was also posthumously awarded the NCAA Award of Valor in 2008.

Perez was the first female African-American officer in U.S. military history to die in combat and the first female West Point graduate to die in the Iraq War. She is survived by her parents, Daniel and Vicki; brother, Kevyn; and many classmates and friends.

The "Emily" Hero WOD was originally posted on CrossFit.com as the workout of the day for Sunday, September 10, 2017 (170910).

Chris Kyle

(Repeat complete set three times for time)

  • 40 kettlebell or dumbbell swings
  • 40 box jumps
  • 40 thrusters
  • 40 elevated push-ups

Navy Seal Christopher "Chris" Scott Kyle

Christopher "Chris" Scott Kyle (April 8, 1974 − February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and numerous other unit and personal awards. Kyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and published his bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, in 2012. An eponymous film adaptation of Kyle's book, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released two years later. Chris was a devoted son, brother, husband and father in North Texas, as well as continuing his efforts to helping Veterans re-acclimate to civilian life and combat stress carried home. Kyle was shot dead at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas. His friend, Chad Littlefield, age 35, was also killed.

The three rounds represent his wife and two children left behind. The 4 movements represent Chris's 4 tours in Iraq. The total reps for each round equaling to 160 repetitions represent his total confirmed kills.

"Chris Kyle" was first posted on the website of GOT CrossFit (Lakeland, FL) as the workout of the day for February 2, 2016.

Loredo

(Repeat complete set 6 times for time)

  • 24 air squats
  • 24 push-ups
  • 24 walking lunges

Sergeant Edwardo LoredoU.S. Army Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo, 34, of Houston, TX, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, NC, was killed on June 24, 2010 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He is survived by his wife, First Sergeant Jennifer Loredo; his daughter, Laura Isabelle; his stepdaughter, Alexis; and his son, Eduardo Enrique.

The “Loredo” Hero WOD was designed by Michelle Benedict of CrossFit Fort Bragg and became an official CrossFit Hero WOD when it was posted on crossfit.com as the workout of the day for Monday, December 31, 2012. The 6 rounds represent the month (June) and 24 repetitions represent the day Eddie died.

Zachary Tellier

For Time

  • 10 burpees
  • 10 burpees + 25 push-ups
  • 10 burpees + 25 push-ups + 50 lunges
  • 10 burpees + 25 push-ups + 50 lunges + 100 sit-ups
  • 10 burpees + 25 push-ups + 50 lunges + 100 sit-ups + 150 air squats

Sergeant Zachary D. TellierSgt. Zachary D. Tellier, 31, of Charlotte was a combat infantryman with the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Bragg. He died Sept. 29, 2007 of wounds sustained while on a ground patrol in Afghanistan. The previous April, Tellier’s unit was conducting a mounted patrol when one of its vehicles drove over and detonated a bomb, which set the vehicle on fire, according to a statement from the 82nd Airborne. Tellier pulled two paratroopers out of the vehicle to safety, suffering severe burns to his hands. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor for his actions. After he was burned, Tellier jumped up in the turret to return fire, said Sgt. Michael Layton, a member of Tellier’s unit. A lieutenant made Tellier get out of the vehicle because of his injuries, Layton said. “Zachary Tellier has to be the biggest hero I’ve ever known or heard of, not just because of what he did, but because of his personality,” Layton said. “He came in the Army because he wanted to be around soldiers and serve his country, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Tellier is survived by his wife, Sara Tellier of Atlanta, Ga.; his father, David W. Tellier of Groton, Mass.; and his mother, Pamela Rodriguez, of Falmouth, Mass.

The workout was first posted by CrossFit DC (Washington D.C., USA) on May 27, 2009. The original post said Zach "basically lived on [Coach] Chris Rutynas' couch for months at a time. If you noticed Chris pushing even harder than usual [during this WOD], it’s because he knew what this was about."

Hero Wellness Week Events

Event Day Time Location
Veterans Day Celebration Monday, Nov. 11 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Kathy Cashen Recital Hall
Sandbag Tabling #1 Monday, Nov. 11 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Love Valley
Murph Workout Monday, Nov. 11 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Love Valley
Veterans Day Open House in Special Collections Monday, Nov. 11 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ingram Library Special Collections Research Room
Sandbag Tabling #2 Monday, Nov. 11 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Grassy Triangle
Sandbag Tabling #3 Tuesday, Nov. 12 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CC Ballroom Atrium
Veterans Job Fair Tuesday, Nov. 12 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CC Ballroom
Emily Workout Tuesday, Nov. 12 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Campus Center
Yoga in the Nook Wednesday, Nov. 13 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ingram Library
Chris Kyle Workout Wednesday, Nov. 13 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Campus Center
HERO Stress Less and Sandbag Tabling #4 Wednesday, Nov. 13 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Love Valley
Service Animal Briefing Thursday, Nov. 14 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CC Back Patio
Loredo Workout Thursday, Nov. 14 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Campus Center
Sandbag Tabling #4 Thursday, Nov. 14 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Grassy Triangle
Ruck Friday, Nov. 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Green Belt
Zachary Tellier Workout Friday, Nov. 15 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Campus Center
Closing Ceremony Friday, Nov. 15 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Love Valley
Wolves vs. Valdosta State Football game - Presentation of Colors Saturday, Nov. 16 7:00 p.m. kickoff UWG Stadium
  • Event: Veterans Day Celebration
    Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Kathy Cashen Recital Hall

  • Event: Sandbag Tabling #1
    Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Love Valley

  • Event: Murph Workout
    Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Love Valley

  • Event: Veterans Day Open House in Special Collections
    Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Ingram Library Special Collections Research Room

  • Event: Sandbag Tabling #2
    Day: Monday, Nov. 11
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Grassy Triangle

  • Event: Sandbag Tabling #3
    Day: Tuesday, Nov. 12
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: CC Ballroom Atrium

  • Event: Veterans Job Fair
    Day: Tuesday, Nov. 12
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: CC Ballroom

  • Event: Emily Workout
    Day: Tuesday, Nov. 12
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Campus Center

  • Event: Yoga in the Nook
    Day: Wednesday, Nov. 13
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Ingram Library

  • Event: Chris Kyle Workout
    Day: Wednesday, Nov. 13
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Campus Center

  • Event: HERO Stress Less and Sandbag Tabling #4
    Day: Wednesday, Nov. 13
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Love Valley

  • Event: Service Animal Briefing
    Day: Thursday, Nov. 14
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: CC Back Patio

  • Event: Loredo Workout
    Day: Thursday, Nov. 14
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Campus Center

  • Event: Sandbag Tabling #4
    Day: Thursday, Nov. 14
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    Location: Grassy Triangle

  • Event: Ruck
    Day: Friday, Nov. 15
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Green Belt

  • Event: Zachary Tellier Workout
    Day: Friday, Nov. 15
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Campus Center

  • Event: Closing Ceremony
    Day: Friday, Nov. 15
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Love Valley

  • Event: Wolves vs. Valdosta State Football game - Presentation of Colors
    Day: Saturday, Nov. 16
    Time: 7:00 p.m. kickoff
    Location: UWG Stadium

  • Veteran's Day Celebration

    Veterans Day Celebration

    A day to notice and honor all military members and students (past, present, and future) for their service to our country and their commitment to continueing their college education though being a part of the UWG community.

  • Sandbag Tabling

    Sandbag Tabling

    Come fill a one-pound sandwich bag with sand. Afterward, wrap it in duct tape and write the name of a family member, friend, or loved one. During our end-of-the-week ruck, we will carry this burden for all of those we have lost, are currently deployed, or have served.

  • Veteran's Day Open House in Special Collections

    Veterans Day Open House in Special Collections

    Stop by the Ingram Library Special Collections Research Room and browse the primary source documents (letters, photographs, rare books, etc.) about veterans, the military, and past military engagements located on the ground floor of the library. All are welcome to drop in and take a look.

    Contact Blynne Olivieri at bolivier@westga.edu or 678-839-5455 with questions or for more information.

  • Veterans Job Fair

    Veterans Job Fair

    This job fair is exclusively for veterans to find employment opportunities throughout campus and the community.

  • Yoga in the Nook

    Yoga in the Nook

    As we focus on offering de-stressing activities for our veterans and community alike, we want to offer a yoga session in quiet and peaceful nook of the Ingram Library. This yoga session will be led by one of UWG's community members and it is for any level of yoga experience. Come enjoy a relaxing, stress-free time.

  • HERO Stress Less

    HERO Stress Less

    We dedicate this stress-less event to thanking our military for freeing us and protecting us from many of life's stresses. We will have animals to pet and hold. The Red & Blue Crew will be providing games and other fun activities to partake in while participants let go of the stresses of the days.

  • Service Animal Briefing

    Service Animal Briefing

    Healing4Heroes and the Title IX office will be providing a briefing of what a service animal is and what this means for individuals benefitting from these animals.

  • Ruck

    Ruck

    Come carry the burden of a lost one, POW/MIA, or currently deployed friend or family member. A ruck exists to symbolize the trials that military members endure with carrying needed items in the field or a deployment setting. UWG students, community members, and campus partners will be carrying rucksacks with one-pound sand bags in remembrance of a service member. We will be walking the GreenBelt with these rucksacks to carry those burdens for another.

  • Closing Ceremony

    Closing Ceremony

    Come celebrate all the memories and stories shared throughout HERO Wellness Week. UWG's Red & Blue Crew will be present to help with games, inflatables and more. There will be a closing speech from the Director of Center for Adult Learners and Veterans to honor our military members and the festivities that took place throughout the week.

  • Presentation of Colors

    Presentation of Colors

    Join UWG at the stadium for the UWG vs. Valdosta State football game. the game will be opened by a local Honor Guard presenting the colors of the flag in honor of all service members (past, present, future). During the game, there will be a moment of recognition for all service members attending the game.

 

Stories about the soldiers as well as event information will be posted on University Recreation's Facebook page @urecuwg. For more information, contact Drew Powell at wpowell@westga.edu or 678-839-5382.