CARY, N.C. – Kangaroo Express is continuing its support of the U.S. military by sponsoring military appreciation football games taking place at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC State).
The All Veterans Parachute Team kicked off the military appreciation games as UNC faced the Virginia Tech Hokies on Oct. 4 with a live skydiving show, landing inside the football stadium. The parachute team will also begin the festivities as NC State takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday, Nov. 15, with a live skydiving show, landing inside each football stadium.
Additionally, Kangaroo Express and the University of Florida (UF) will honor the military by recognizing a different wounded warrior with a visit from members of the UF football team each week. Videos from these visits will be shown at each home football game.
"With more than one-third of our employees directly connected to the military, supporting our troops means supporting our Kangaroo Express family," said Gordon Schmidt, senior vice president of operations, Kangaroo Express. "Sponsoring military appreciation games at UNC and NC State is just another way for Kangaroo Express to shine a spotlight of gratitude on service members and their families, thanking them for their dedication to our nation."
In addition to sponsoring military appreciation games, Kangaroo Express raised $1.9 million in support of military support organizations through its fourth-annual Salute Our Troops campaign, bringing the total amount of funds raised over the past four summers to $10 million. Donations from the campaign, including contributions from generous Kangaroo Express customers, will directly support the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, Fisher House Foundation, United States Veterans Corps and six state-based military organizations.
Kangaroo Express is the primary operating banner of The Pantry Inc. Cary-based The Pantry operates 1,518 convenience stores in 13 states across the Southeast.