Former Celtics coach and player to host Ocean City Walk for the Wounded

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Chris Ford will serve as emcee for the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded on Saturday, Sept. 28

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OCEAN CITY — Former Boston Celtics player and coach Chris Ford will be the master of ceremonies for this year’s Walk for the Wounded, Saturday, Sept. 28 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Ford, a Holy Spirit High School basketball standout, spent 10 years as a player in the NBA and is credited with scoring the NBA’s first 3-point shot while playing with the Boston Celtics.

Ford ended his career having scored a total of 7,314 points. He spent 14 years as a head coach in the NBA, five of them as head coach of the Boston Celtics. While with the Boston Celtics, Ford served as the coach of the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star game.

Ford currently serves on the Ocean City Home Bank Board of Directors. It is through this position that he learned of Walk for the Wounded from bank President and CEO Steve Brady.

In 2008, Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s University mens basketball coach served as a spokesperson for Walk for the Wounded, a 3-mile walk fundraiser held in Media, Pa. to benefit the nonprofit organization Operation First Response. Martelli’s involvement in the event caught the eye of Brady, who happened to be Martelli’s roommate at Widener University.

“I saw my old college roommate on television, talking about the struggles that our nation’s heroes face when they return from battle,” Brady said. “When I heard Phil speak so passionately about the sacrifices being made by members of our military and the ways they have been helped by Operation First Response, I knew immediately that I needed to get involved, and I needed to get the Ocean City community involved.”

With the support of Ford, Martelli and fellow coaches Geno Auriemma of the University of Connecticut, Steve Lappas of Manhattan College, Villanova University and University of Massachusetts; and Fran Dunphy of Temple University, Brady and his staff at Ocean City Home Bank, organized the first Walk for the Wounded in October 2009.

The inaugural Ocean City event raised $25,000 for Operation First Response, and each walk since has raised even more, for a four-year total of more than $200,000.

Operation First Response is a national nonprofit organization that assists wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.

For Walk for the Wounded sponsorship, advertising and registration information, see www.ochome.com.

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