PRESS RELEASE – Today Hope4Heroes, a San Antonio based non-profit organization for Veterans and families, announced a deal to bring MLB Legends to Tucson, AZ to play in the Wounded Heroes Baseball Classic at Electric Park. Four-time World Series winner, Jay Johnstone is the national spokesman for the tour and had this to say.
“Baseball is America’s national past-time and you couldn’t have baseball or the freedom to enjoy our past-time without the people who have fought and continue to fight for our country,” said Johnstone.
This game continues a tradition of great baseball at Electric Field and will serve as the start of the 2011 season. Chairman of Hope4heroes.org Victor Luebker says this: “The Pima County facility and staff have been fantastic; the park has hosted spring training in the past. We feel this is the perfect place to start the tour and hope more good baseball things come at Electric Field.”
The Tucson event will support charities in the community to include the Tucson Unified School District, a sports equipment drive for under privledged kids and programs supporting the troops at Davis-Monthan, AFB. There will be a free MLB Kids clinic, free autograph sessions and fireworks after the game.
Hope4Heroes, played the the first ever Wounded Heroes Baseball Classic held at Nelson Wolff Stadium on Sept. 4, 2010. The All-Star formatted game will featured wounded Veterans playing against the legends of the game, including- Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Jeff Kent, Micah Bowie, Chuck McElroy, Gary Bell, Danny Graves, and Jay Johnstone. In 2011 the tour will feature stops in 8 cities and counting. You can find out more about the 2011 tour here at: www.woundedheroesbaseball.com or by calling 210-544-3188.
With over 200,000 veterans suffering from PTSD or TBI and with veteran unemployment higher than the national average, Hope4Heroes is dedicated to help our Heroes. Hope4Heroes is a 501(c) 3 organization and is dedicated to giving back 90 percent of all donations to veterans and families in need. The organization has a number of programs dedicated to supporting wounded veterans including career counselors, PTSD counseling, and emergency funds for families. For more information visit www.hope4heroes.org or call 210.544.3188.