San Diego State University to Host Ex 4 Vets V

Associated Students and Student Veteran Organization link up with Embrace to
deliver ‘One SDSU’ event that benefits veterans
SAN DIEGO – (Wednesday, February 25, 2015) – For the fifth year in a row,
San Diego college students, members of the military community (active duty and
veterans) and the general public will come together on the San Diego State
University (SDSU) campus to workout for charity at Embrace’s 5th Annual Ex 4
Vets (Exercising to Support Our Veterans) event on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at
11AM. The turbo kickboxing and boot camp workout raises funds for Embrace’s
two programs that assist disabled and homeless veterans: Healing Our Heroes’
Homes and Embrace The Streets respectively.
Embrace, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that brings diverse
groups of people together to serve veterans and civilians in need, will once again
partner with fitness guru Cindy Whitmarsh and her fitness team to deliver the
event, which has previously occurred on the U.S.S. Midway in each of the past 4
years. SDSU Associated Students and the SDSU Student Veteran Organization
were key in ensuring that this year’s event will take place at the new Conrad
Prebys Student Union Center at SDSU.
"As many as 1,000 veterans attend SDSU, and Ex 4 Vets is an exciting vehicle to
bring a heightened awareness of student veterans to the SDSU campus
culture," said SDSU Student Veteran Organization President, Erika Armenta.
“The folks at the U.S.S. Midway have been amazing hosts over the past 4 years,
“ said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard, “but as an SDSU alumnus, I am
thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such a unifying event, in the name of our
veterans, to a place that I call home.”
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The Cindy Whitmarsh fitness team will deliver the 1-Hour long workout.
Participants who raise pledge money for their workout will be supporting
Embrace’s programs that serve veterans. Participants that form work out teams
representing student, military or religious organizations keep 50% of all net
pledge funds raised. Over the past 3 years, the event has raised over $33,000
for the aforementioned groups.

SDSU Associated Students President Jonathan Cole had this to say about the
event: “Ex 4 Vets is an opportunity for our students to give back and support the
men and women who have risked their lives for our freedom. As a One SDSU
community event, Ex 4 Vets will empower the communities of our campus to
come together in order to rally behind this important cause. We will not only
serve as advocates for the veteran population on campus, but in the Greater San
Diego community as well.”
Prizes for the top fundraising individuals and teams include 40” flat screen
televisions, hopper passes to Disneyland/California Adventure, $400 gift cards to
Walmart and Best Buy and dinner at the posh University Club at Symphony
Towers in San Diego. Greeks will once again compete for the coveted Ex 4 Vets
Cup, which goes to the top fundraising sorority and fraternity.
San Diego State Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Aaron Bruce, had this to add; “I’ve
watched diverse groups of Aztecs come together to serve the community through
Embrace for over 5 years now. To bring an event like Ex 4 Vets to Montezuma
Mesa, that benefits both veterans and Aztecs, just makes sense.”
A partial list of Ex 4 Vets V sponsors and partners include Alliance Healthcare
Foundation, SDG&E, Military Home Loans, Mike Whitmarsh Foundation, Jack In
The Box Foundation, SDSU Student Veterans Organization, SDSU Associated
Students and the SDSU Office of Diversity.
Ex 4 Vets V is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11AM. For more
information, visit
About Embrace
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of
people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization
focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to
develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as
health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean
Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community
service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of
higher education.
For more information on Embrace, visit
For more information about Sheppard and his life, visit

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