Lee Baseball Celebrates Military Day On Saturday

Monday, April 21, 2014
It will be Military Day on Saturday when the Lee baseball team plays host to Gulf South Conference opponent Memphis Christian Brothers in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The three-game series (Saturday and Sunday) is the final regular-season games.

Bill Gray, Commander of the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter, says that there are more than 8,000 veterans in Bradley County. At least 680 of the men and women who shed their blood, sweat and tears for America are disabled.


It is this group of men and women the baseball team at Lee University has decided to benefit through its second annual Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Head coach Mark Brew said the goal is to raise upward of $15,000 for the local DAV.

"These servicemen and women have done a great job," Brew said. "Our community has a rich history of service, so I think it is just a good-fitting combination and opportunity to honor them."

The baseball team continues the tradition of Lee University sports giving back through large fundraising events. Others include the volleyball team's Volley for a Cure, the basketball team's Hoops for Hope and the soccer team's Kickin' It For Cancer.

Brew said a military-focused event made sense to the team.

"Baseball is a team sport and the military is the ultimate team," Brew said. "It is a lot of people getting one common job done. That is what we try to preach to our guys, too. We are here for a bigger cause."

Supporters from the community have responded to the baseball team's request for sponsorships.

Bank of Cleveland signed up to be the head sponsor for the second year in a row.

Senior Vice President Christy Griffith explained the event has a personal tie to the bank.

"One of the reasons of our sponsorship is our founder and chairman Bobby Taylor, who passed away several years ago, was a veteran, as well as, many of our customers, our clients and our friends," Griffith said. "On a personal note, my father is a Vietnam veteran. It touches close to home for me."

Added Griffith, "I think any time we can reach out and appreciate our active duty and veterans I think it is a great idea."

Said Gray, "The most patriotic, strongest person who loves his country is a veteran. I mean, quite literally, I shed my blood for this country and I would do it again, if they would take me. And to see society today, the way they are responding to us, it does our heart good."

A majority of the work completed by the local volunteer DAV chapter is completed on $4,000 to $5,000 a year. Brew said seeing what the chapter does with limited resources really stood out to him.

"To think we can help [the DAV] in a larger capacity is very exciting to us," Brew said.

Those interested in helping out now can do so through one of two ways:

-Donating items for the silent auction.

-Purchasing a $10 Military Appreciation Day shirt from Brew; the Bank of
Cleveland's downtown branch; the Cleveland Daily Banner; or Jenkin's Deli.

Brew encouraged businesses and restaurants to get involved through sponsorships or coupon donations, and several have responded.

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Chick-Fil-A (Keith Street Location) will be donating 10% of proceeds from 4-8 p.m. Please make sure you sign the sheet beside the register so a percentage of your purchase can go directly to the event.

On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Santa Fe Cattle Co. (Bradley Square Mall) will be donating 10% of proceeds from 5-9 p.m.

On Thursday, April 24th, Zaxby's (25th St. Location) will be donating 10% of all proceeds from 5-9 p.m. Additionally, MIX104.1 and 101.3 THE BUZZ, will be doing a live radio remote from Zaxby's promoting the Military Appreciation Day event. A "Nuclear Wing" eating contest involving members of the Flames' team will be a highlight (or low light) of the evening.

Brew added that Saturday's veteran led program with include remarks from Bradley County Veteran Service Officer Joe Davis and special music from the Voices of Lee (Voices are singing national anthem, God Bless America, and armed forces medley between games)

- Kids Zone - inflatables, speed throw, whiffle ball for kids

- Military Equipment for viewing – 2 Humvees, and Met Entertainment Trailer provided by local 252nd National Guard

- Local military recruiters from all service branches will be set up

- Sports Clips will be cutting veterans hair free of charge from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Sports Clips booth

- Zaxby's will be providing free food for veterans and Nibbler plates with chips and cookies for sale to the public

- Silent Auction – several autographed Major League Baseball Memorabilia with jerseys, balls, and photos. Lee University Sports Camps, Chattanooga Lookouts VIP package and much, much more

Poole To Run At Dalton State

The defending Southern States Athletic Conference champions Dalton State women’s cross country team has everybody coming back from last year’s squad, but they have added another component to this fall’s team. Coach Margie Bruner visited the Heritage High School media center in Ringgold to add her third Lady General to the squad. Emily Poole signed with the Roadrunners Thursday ... (click for more)

Running A Blessing In Disguise For Russ Rogers

You’ve heard plenty of stories about how running has changed a person’s life and the difference it has made on their overall outlook. Such is surely the case with Russ Rogers, but that simple activity has done more than change his life.   He’s quick to explain that it saved his life at a time when nothing else seemed to work. Russ is the 35-year-old son of ... (click for more)

Girl, 12, Stabs Boy, 13, Twice At Lookout Valley Middle High School

A female student stabbed a male student twice at Lookout Valley Middle High School on Thursday morning. It happened in a middle school classroom. Sheriff Jim Hammond the students are seventh graders.The girl is 12 and the boy 13. He  said the boy was taken by ambulance and went into surgery after the mid-morning stabbing.  He said the boy received a superficial ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Officer Who Fired At Vehicle That Backed Toward Him; Attorney Vows To Fight To Reverse Decision

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed - And Response

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)