On April 4, MLB and PEOPLE Magazine announced the “Tribute to Heroes” campaign. The campaign is a “national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and builds upon both organizations’ commitment to honoring our country’s heroes”. Through May 17, you (yes, YOU) can nominate an active or veteran member of the Armed Forces of the United States or Canada for the opportunity to represent the Reds at this year’s All-Star Game to be played at Citi Field in New York City.
So you might be wondering how you can do this. It’s simple. Go to TributeForHeroes.com and click on “Nominate Now”. The nominations will all be reviewed and three will be selected per club meaning there will be 90 finalists. Reviewing the nominations will be MLB< PEOPLE and a panel of celebrity judges.
From June 9 to June 30, fans will be able to vote for their club favorite. One will represents the Reds at Citi Field during the All-Star Game. The Reds honoree will receive a trip to New York City, be included in pregame festivities and be recognized during a ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. The overall winner from the 30 honorees will be featured in PEOPLE.
From the press release…
The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign will support Welcome Back Veterans
(welcomebackveterans.org, powered by MLB.com), an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from
service. Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics
that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to
veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with “Centers of Excellence” at university
hospitals throughout the country.
As part of its 2013 charity initiative, “PEOPLE First: Help America’s Veterans,” PEOPLE magazine is
partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to
providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in
PEOPLE throughout 2013.
Here’s your chance, Reds fans. If you know a veteran or currently active member of the Armed Forces you believe should receive this honor, what are you waiting for? Get nominating!