Braves Caravan Coming To Chattanooga On Thursday, Jan. 30

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Cory Gearrin, and hitting coach Greg Walker were the Braves' representatives in 2012.
Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Cory Gearrin, and hitting coach Greg Walker were the Braves' representatives in 2012.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA - As baseball fans wait in anticipation of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, the Atlanta Braves Country Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will make its way through the Southeast January 21 - February 1. With coaches, players, broadcasters and front office staff in tow, the Braves Country Caravan will travel thousands of miles throughout Braves Country to meet and greet with fans prior to heading south for Spring Training in Orlando, FL.

The fan-centric Braves Country Caravan provides up-close opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite Braves players to create lasting memories in each of its stops. Throughout the planned visits, the Caravan will make community appearances, as well as host free public autograph signings at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores.

"Every New Year brings fresh beginnings and the excitement of the upcoming baseball season. As we make our way around the Southeast during our Braves Country Caravan, each stop builds enthusiasm as we have the opportunity to meet with our fan base in their hometowns," said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. "This is our special way of connecting with Braves fans on a personal level, and to thank them for their loyalty and support heading into 2014."

The caravan will be at the Hixon Academy Sports + Outdoors at 5929 Highway 153 between 3:30 and 5:30 p. m.



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