Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians will honor American military heroes before, during and after their game against the Kansas City Royals on July 4.
Among the programs in the team’s first Homestand Heroes is the recognition of nominees and finalists for the second annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, with Indians’ Nick Swisher as a finalist.
Feller is a Hall of Famer and Indians great who enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor despite a blossoming baseball career.
Each year, the award recognizes one MLB player, one MLB Hall of Famer and a Navy service man or woman.
The evening will begin with recognition of the Derga family of Columbus and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), which assists those who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.
The Dergas lost their son, Corporal Dustin A. Derga, in Iraq in 2005.
In partnership with the USO of Northern Ohio, the Indians will host several thousand service men and women and their families in the night’s celebration.
After the game and before the evening’s scheduled extended patriotic fireworks show, new military recruits from various branches will participate in an on-field enlistment ceremony.