CHARLOTTE, NC Jan. 16, 2016 – The Charlotte Hornets and Bank of America tonight will honor United States Army Captain Sara Yon as this season’s fourth recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program. An initiative that honors veterans for their unwavering service to our country, the Yellow Ribbon Program recognizes military heroes during one Hornets’ home game per month. Recipients are honored prior to the national anthem and during an on-court presentation at halftime, and are given five tickets to the game for them and their family, along with a check for $1,000. In addition, they are introduced to Charlotte Bridge Home, a local organization that seeks to help successfully transition retired soldiers from military to civilian life.
“The Charlotte Hornets and Bank of America are proud to recognize special individuals like Captain Yon through the Yellow Ribbon Program.” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “It is important for us as an organization to highlight their service to our country and recognize the sacrifices they have made for us all along the way.”
Captain Yon will be honored during the Hornets’ game tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. She enlisted in the Army in July 2001 at just 19 years of age. Over the course of her 12 years in the military, she served two deployments, one to Haiti as a first responder and her second to Afghanistan as a Logistics Officer with the 16th MP Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps out of Fort Bragg. She was selected to take part in the “Green to Gold” program, which provides options for enlisted soldiers seeking to earn a college degree and a commission as an officer, completing a four-year college degree at Fayetteville State University and graduating as a Second Lieutenant. In addition to receiving numerous decorations and awards, including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Afghanistan Badge, Captain Yon also volunteers regularly with local organizations like The Mission Continues, Charlotte Bridge Home, Hands on Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, Peace of Adventure and Team River Runner. Her strong desire to give back to fellow veterans and the surrounding community has led her to pursue her masters in social work at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Previous honorees of this season’s Yellow Ribbon Program include United States Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy Hetrick, United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Horace E. Booker and United States Army Specialist Daniel Schugel. Last year, the Hornets were privileged to recognize several members of our armed forces, among them Lieutenant Colonel Tracy Simmons, Corporal Jessie Fletcher, the 555th “Triple Nickles” Parachute Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Hood, Purple Heart Recipient Sergeant Jesse Brown and Officer Candidate Celestine Peters.
About Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. Time Warner Cable Arena is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, please visit hornets.com or timewarnercablearena.com.
About Bank of America’s Military Support
Support for the military has been an integral part of Bank of America’s culture since 1920. That support permeates every aspect of the business, from hiring to philanthropy, volunteerism, and products and services for military customers. The company employs more than 10,000 veterans and members of the guard and reserve and has a goal to hire 10,000 more over the next several years. Dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses find jobs are a military staffing team and industry-leading career website. The company’s Military Support and Assistance Group connects employees who have served in the military or family members of veterans to mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as volunteer events. Members helped the company contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours to military organizations last year.
Since 2009, Bank of America has donated more than $14 million to nonprofit partners serving the military and is proud to be an original partner of the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative, as well as other military and veteran support organizations like Wounded Warrior Project and Student Veterans of America. And, a tailored set of content on Bank of America’s Better Money Habits platform addresses the specific challenges that military service members face when making the transition from military to civilian life. Bankofamerica.com/militarysupport