February 26, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
The University of Tennessee at Martin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) proudly announces Led Symmes as its “Hoops for Heroes” ambassador for the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships, which will be held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. later this week.

Symmes was a helicopter pilot in the Army, representing the United States of America for one tour in the Vietnam War after graduating from flight school in 1970. He enlisted in the Army based in large part because of his father, who served in the military for 22 years.

The Aberdeen, Md. native attended high school in New York and college in North Carolina but has called Martin his home since 1995. Symmes has been a mainstay in the UT Martin football equipment room for over 12 years, overseeing inventory, uniforms and practice gear while traveling all across the country with the Skyhawks.

“I’ve been a fan of UT Martin for several years, they definitely have my loyalty,” Symmes said. “To be named the Hoops for Heroes representative and to hold that title is quite the honor.”

Symmes is also a founding member of Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter 6, a non-profit organization committed to the POW/MIA issue and to helping American veterans from all wars.

Currently in its eighth year, the OVC SAAC representatives created the “Hoops For Heroes” initiative as a way to honor military men and women in OVC communities. The honorees receive a two-night hotel stay in Evansville, up to four tickets to Friday and Saturday’s tournament sessions, as well as gas and meal gift cards. Symmes will be formally recognized during an on-court presentation during the Friday night men’s basketball semifinals session.

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